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Real NameRob Fuderich
Joined2008-01
Last Visited2021-12
LocationAmherst, Massachusetts

I am a retired child rights advocate and over the last 30 years I have worked in various countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and most recentlyin Central Asia (Uzbekistan). I retired in May and am now in Amherst, MA

My first pipe was purchased at Georgetown Tobacco in 1973 while attending Georgetown University during the summer of Watergate. Smoked for about 5 years off and on...a source of serentity and companionship and burnt tongue due to inexperience. I had my pipe wherever I went as a friend but gave up smoking in Nepal during Peace Corps days. Throughout the years through many exciting adventures, picked up an old pipe and had a bowl out of nostalgia but never really started up in earnest again until 2007.

While in Sarajevo in 1994 began smoking cigars and became somewhat of a cigar aficionado. Life after Sarajevo in Geneva, Switzerland was a paradise for a cigar smoker and lover of Habanos and I built up quite a collection of great cigars...Cubans, Dominicans and Nicaraguans. In 2007 while on a business trip to Colgne,Germany, I ran into Peter Hierlicks a beautiful pipe shop and couldn't resist buying a pipe. I spent the next two hours smoking my new aquisition in a beautiful cigar and pipe lounge and have been an avid pipe smoke ever since.

While in Kosovo, I added significanty to my pipe collection (now about 40) and enjoyed a pipe in the morning watching CNN and one or two in the evening after a hard day. During my career, my pipes were my welcome home from an often hectic day. Now that I have more times on my hands, they are a way to mediate and reflect on my interesting life.

I am married for 34 yrs.to a wife who tolerates & sometimes even enjoys my pipe smoking lifestyle and have two sons, Kit, 30 andTim, 28.both non-smokers

Pipe smoking to me is a meditation. Cigar smoking is a social event. I usually now enjoy my pipes only at home and miss the days when one could smoke a pipe in a restaraunt, coffee shop or pub but I guess that is the sign of the times.

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.

Favorites

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2009-02-04 Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance 461 ★★★★ 3.5
2010-06-26 G. L. Pease - Chelsea Morning (Old London Series) 152 ★★★★ 3.4
2008-02-24 G. L. Pease - Westminster (Heirloom Collection) 275 ★★★★ 3.3
2010-06-19 G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights (Old London Series) 130 ★★★★ 3.5
2014-10-06 Georgetown Tobacco - Shenandoah 4 ★★★☆ 2.8
2013-11-25 McClelland - 3 Oaks Syrian (Collector Series) 94 ★★★★ 3.6
2010-03-28 McClelland - Jubilee (Collector Series) 26 ★★★★ 3.6
2010-12-18 McClelland - Christmas Cheer 2009 27 ★★★★ 3.5
2008-01-09 Peterson - My Mixture 965 603 ★★★★ 3.2
2008-06-09 Rattray - 7 Reserve 67 ★★★☆ 2.7

Reviews

70 reviews
81 helpful votes
4 star:
17 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
35 Recommended
2 star:
15 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
3 Not Recommended

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

Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2015-02-02 Peterson - Nightcap 653 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2014-11-01 McClelland - Frog Morton (Craftsbury Series) 370 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2014-10-03 Georgetown Tobacco - Shenandoah 4 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2011-01-01 Cornell & Diehl - Tuskegee Airman 25 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2010-12-31 Cornell & Diehl - Buffalo Soldier 13 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-12-18 McClelland - Christmas Cheer 2009 27 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2010-11-07 McClelland - Smyrna No.1 (Grand Orientals) 53 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-06-26 G. L. Pease - Chelsea Morning (Old London Series) 152 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2010-06-19 G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights (Old London Series) 130 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2010-05-26 Rattray - Black Mallory (British Collection) 146 2 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.1
2010-04-19 McClelland - Orient 996 (Collector Series) 20 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-03-28 McClelland - Jubilee (Collector Series) 26 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2009-12-12 Barclay-Rex - Maravilla 5 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.2
2009-12-12 Esoterica Tobacciana - And So To Bed 92 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2009-11-28 G. L. Pease - Ashbury (Fog City Selection) 46 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2009-02-22 Solani - 633: Virginia Flake with Perique 158 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2009-02-04 Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance 461 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2009-02-04 Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake 290 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2009-02-01 Cornell & Diehl - Irish Blessing 23 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2009-01-24 Cornell & Diehl - Snug Harbor 21 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2009-01-23 Cornell & Diehl - Black Cherry 19 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2009-01-23 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Bob's Chocolate Flake 248 2 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2009-01-23 Cornell & Diehl - Green River Vanilla 31 5 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2009-01-23 Cornell & Diehl - Mocha 18 0 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.3
2009-01-23 Cornell & Diehl - Berry Good 41 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2009-01-22 Cornell & Diehl - Apricots & Cream 42 1 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.6
2009-01-20 McClelland - Christmas Cheer 2008 40 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2009-01-19 Barclay-Rex - Coconut 1 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2009-01-19 Cornell & Diehl - Sunday Picnic (Simply Elegant Series) 110 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2009-01-19 McClelland - Rose of Latakia (Syrian Latakia) 39 4 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2008-10-23 Cornell & Diehl - Mississippi Mud 94 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2008-10-17 G. L. Pease - Charing Cross (Classic Collection) 108 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2008-08-30 Barclay-Rex - Maiden Lane Blend 15 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2008-08-30 Barclay-Rex - No.6 4 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 2.5
2008-08-27 McClelland - Yenice Agonya (Grand Orientals) 25 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2008-08-11 G. L. Pease - Telegraph Hill (Fog City Selection) 97 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2008-08-11 G. L. Pease - Maltese Falcon (Heirloom Collection) 160 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2008-07-19 Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Night 88 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2008-07-19 McClelland - Yenidje Highlander (Grand Orientals) 54 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2008-06-09 Cornell & Diehl - Pirate Kake (Sea Scoundrels) 209 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2008-06-09 Rattray - 7 Reserve 67 2 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.7
2008-06-06 G. L. Pease - Caravan (Original Mixtures) 91 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2008-06-06 McClelland - No. 25 (Matured Virginias) 44 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2008-06-06 Cornell & Diehl - Star of the East 101 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2008-06-06 Cornell & Diehl - Elegant Emu (Simply Elegant Series) 19 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2008-05-29 McClelland - Frog Morton Across the Pond (Craftsbury Series) 154 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2008-05-20 Peterson - Old Dublin 277 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2008-05-01 Cornell & Diehl - Byzantium 52 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2008-04-12 Cornell & Diehl - Plantation Evening 45 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2008-04-12 Cornell & Diehl - Yale Mixture 52 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2008-04-08 Mac Baren - Vanilla Cream Loose Cut 306 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2008-04-05 McClelland - Black Shag (221b Series) 92 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.6
2008-03-27 Cornell & Diehl - Purple Cow 54 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2008-03-14 Brebbia - Latakia Flake Mixture No. 9 25 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2008-02-24 G. L. Pease - Westminster (Heirloom Collection) 275 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2008-02-16 G. L. Pease - Piccadilly (Classic Collection) 73 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2008-02-10 G. L. Pease - Lombard (Fog City Selection) 46 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2008-01-27 Nat Sherman - 536 Empire English 47 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2008-01-26 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Balkan Sasieni 276 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2008-01-26 Barclay-Rex - Jungle Leaf 3 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2008-01-19 G. L. Pease - Odyssey (Original Mixtures) 213 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2008-01-12 McClelland - Christmas Cheer 2007 38 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2008-01-10 Ashton - Artisan's Blend 201 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2008-01-10 Barclay-Rex - Alkazar 5 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2008-01-10 Peterson - Early Morning Pipe 583 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2008-01-09 Peterson - My Mixture 965 603 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2008-01-09 Peterson - The Royal Yacht 417 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2008-01-09 Rattray - Professional Mixture (British Collection) 29 2 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.6
2008-01-09 Nat Sherman - 205 Virginia/Perique 5 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2008-01-09 Barclay-Rex - Vanilla 1 0 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.0