DrDyson

Real NameRobert Dyson
Joined2009-08
Last Visited2021-09
LocationDurham City, UK

Born in Penzance, Cornwall, UK. All my schoolmasters smoked pipes; I longed to emulate them, and now I do (Government Snoopers, Thought Police and Health Fascists take note).

Ironically, the legendary tobacco called Penzance is not available in England: Penzance's finest tobacconist has never even heard of it. Something wrong there, surely?

I now live in Durham, where we are lucky to have an excellent and learned tobacconist.

I smoke Monday - Friday only, never at weekends, and not more than one or two bowls a day. That way, pipesmoking stays a hobby and doesn't become an addiction. I have a marked preference for large bowls and VA/Burley and VA/Per tobaccos; but I can get into the mood for Latakia sometimes.

I prefer billiards on the whole, though I have a couple of bulldogs also: nothing fancy, and almost all of them acquired as estate pipes. Recently, after years of resistance, I have acquired a Falcon. It's butt-ugly, but convenient. I like it more than I thought I would.

Klio, Cosmo and Kalliope (cats), Val (SWMBO) and Dr Dyson Jnr (daughter) are beloved and accomplished critics of the room notes of tobaccos under review, and their contributions are occasionally mentioned in my notes.

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.
Celebrant Has reviewed at least 15 tobaccos from a single brand with a rating of 3 or 4.
Purist Has reviewed at least 10 tobaccos from a single brand with a rating of 1 or 2.
Motivator Has upvoted at least 80% of the time.

Favorites

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2009-10-22 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Broken Scotch Cake 50 ★★★☆ 2.9
2021-05-07 Mac Baren - St. Bruno Ready Rubbed 128 ★★★☆ 3.0
2012-09-11 Ogden - Ogden's Mixture 5 ★★★★ 3.6
2009-10-18 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Escudo Navy De Luxe 427 ★★★★ 3.5

Reviews

140 reviews
406 helpful votes
4 star:
44 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
37 Recommended
2 star:
32 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
27 Not Recommended

Preferences: Perique 4.0, Oriental/Turkish 3.9, Latakia 3.8, Virginia 3.5, Burley 3.4, Kentucky 3.4, Black Cavendish 3.4

Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2021-08-21 Gallaher Limited - Condor Blended (Yellow) 16 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2021-06-15 Mac Baren - St. Bruno Ready Rubbed 128 2 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2021-05-18 McGahey The Tobacconist - Buckland Curlies 8 0 ★★★★ ★★☆☆ 2.5
2021-03-04 Cornell & Diehl - Yale Mixture 51 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2021-02-18 Samuel Gawith - Navy Flake 154 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2021-02-06 Samuel Gawith - Skiff Mixture 210 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2020-06-03 John Middleton, Inc - Prince Albert 487 3 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.9
2020-03-31 W.D. & H.O. Wills - Capstan Navy Cut Medium Ready Rubbed 12 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2020-02-22 Samuel Gawith - Bothy Flake (Kearvaig Pipe Club) 39 8 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2019-02-23 Charatan - Royal Escape Mixture 8 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 2.5
2019-02-16 Charatan - Eventide 9 4 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.9
2019-01-14 Dunhill - My Mixture BB1938 Baby's Bottom 62 9 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2018-08-08 Borkum Riff - Classic Pure Tobacco 6 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.3
2018-08-04 Samuel Gawith - Cabbie's Mixture 83 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2018-06-24 Gallaher Limited - Condor Long Cut (Brown) 77 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2018-06-17 Borkum Riff - Black Cavendish 58 2 ★☆☆☆ ★★☆☆ 1.9
2018-06-17 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Black Irish X Unsliced 86 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2018-05-25 E. A. Carey - Carey's Bruno Special 5 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2018-03-12 Kendal - Rodeo Shag 4 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.8
2018-03-02 Tabac Manil - La Brumeuse (Pure Semois) 73 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2018-01-02 Samuel Gawith - Cannon Plug 46 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2017-12-14 E. A. Carey - Castle Blend 4 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2017-12-04 Comoy's of London - Cornish Mixture 10 2 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.2
2017-05-26 Samuel Gawith - Kendal Plug 51 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2017-05-22 Mac Baren - Original Flake 59 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2017-04-11 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Revor Plug 66 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.8
2017-03-19 Player's - Navy Cut Flake 26 4 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.3
2017-03-19 Mac Baren - Mixture: Scottish Blend 369 5 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.9
2017-02-10 E. A. Carey - Dark Flake No. 7 7 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2016-11-21 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Dark 50 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2016-09-19 Player's - Blenders Highland Pipe Tobacco 6 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2016-09-14 Player's - Digger Flake 11 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2016-05-16 Lambert & Butler's - Log Cabin 1 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2016-02-13 Borkum Riff - Highland Malt Whisky 8 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.5
2016-01-28 Peter Stokkebye - Kentucky Nougat 16 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.6
2015-12-19 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Exmoor Mixture 3 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2015-07-14 Solani - 763: White and Black 67 10 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2015-06-13 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Cherry & Vanilla 30 2 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.1
2015-04-15 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Rich Dark Honeydew 19 9 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2015-04-04 Thomas Radford - Sunday's Fantasy 69 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2014-09-16 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Gold 19 5 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.7
2014-09-10 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Sliced Black Twist 13 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2014-08-30 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Mixture 18 2 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.2
2014-08-03 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Balkan Flake 11 2 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2014-05-07 Imperial Tobacco Group, PLC - Route 66 7 6 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2014-04-17 Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired 215 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.6
2014-04-07 Peterson - Balkan Delight 57 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2014-01-07 My Smoking Shop - Gentleman's Choice 3 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.3
2014-01-04 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Sliced Black Aromatic 12 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2013-12-30 E. A. Carey (Europe) - Carey's Black Twist 3 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.3
2013-10-26 Mac Baren - Virginia Flake 103 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2013-09-21 Mac Baren - Navy Flake 321 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2013-08-16 Mac Baren - Scaferlati Caporal Rouge (Scaferlati Blends) 17 9 ★☆☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.4
2013-08-15 Peterson - The Royal Yacht 407 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2013-08-02 House of Windsor - Revelation 80 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2013-07-25 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Blue Ridge 9 2 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.4
2013-07-22 Peterson - Nightcap 642 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2013-04-20 Peterson - Sherlock Holmes 244 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2013-04-06 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Pensioners Mixture 10 5 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2013-03-08 E. A. Carey (Europe) - No. 7 Ready Rubbed 4 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2013-03-05 Peterson - University Flake 412 0 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2013-02-15 Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 520 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2013-02-08 Von Eicken - Bayside Mixed Blend 6 1 ★★☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.8
2013-02-01 Imperial Tobacco Group, PLC - Scaferlati Superior 3 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.0
2012-12-15 J. F. Germain & Son - Germain's Special Latakia Flake 95 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2012-11-10 Mac Baren - Gold Block 86 13 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.1
2012-11-10 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Bob's Chocolate Flake 241 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2012-11-03 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Grasmere Flake 36 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2012-10-31 J. F. Germain & Son - Balkan Sobranie 81 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2012-09-29 Borkum Riff - Mixture with Bourbon Whiskey (Bronze) 297 9 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.6
2012-09-19 Mostex - Stanislaw London Mixture (Air Line Collection) 14 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2012-09-11 Ogden - Ogden's Mixture 5 9 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2012-08-24 Fribourg & Treyer - Golden Mixture 32 6 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2012-06-15 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Happy (Brown) Bogie Unsliced 76 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2012-05-20 Borkum Riff - Admiral's Flake Cherry 7 2 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.1
2012-03-27 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Sweet Coconut Twist 45 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2012-01-11 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Twist Sliced 41 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2011-07-31 Planta - Presbyterian Mixture 278 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2011-07-30 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Mick McQuaid Square Cut 25 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2011-07-27 Mac Baren - Cube 96 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.1
2011-07-21 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Warrior Plug 34 6 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2011-07-18 Lane Limited - Captain Black Original (Regular) 476 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2011-07-17 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Flake 373 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2011-06-26 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Yachtsman 15 0 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.1
2011-06-17 Craven - Craven Mixture 11 8 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2011-06-16 Rattray - Hal O' the Wynd (British Collection) 259 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2011-06-01 Borkum Riff - Orange & Honey 21 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.6
2011-01-05 Samuel Gawith - Black XX Twist (Rope) 152 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2010-12-27 Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance 458 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2010-12-04 Borkum Riff - Cherry Cavendish (Ruby) 130 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.1
2010-11-12 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Balkan Mixture (Erinmore) 74 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-10-24 Samuel Gawith - Grousemoor 225 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2010-10-23 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Half & Half 345 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.2
2010-10-20 Rattray - Marlin Flake (British Collection) 263 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-10-18 Samuel Gawith - Finest Kendal Twist Black XX 34 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.2
2010-10-12 Samuel Gawith - 1792 Flake 431 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2010-10-11 Samuel Gawith - Cob Flake 9 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 2.9
2010-09-27 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Coniston Cut Plug 72 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2010-09-22 Borkum Riff - Vanilla Cavendish (Sungold) 48 4 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.6
2010-08-23 Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 579 21 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2010-06-20 Peterson - Irish Flake 422 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-06-20 Samuel Gawith - Firedance Flake 131 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2010-06-06 Borkum Riff - Original 70 6 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2010-05-23 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Flake 64 8 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2010-05-20 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Glengarry Flake 57 4 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2010-05-20 John Sinclair - Highland Sliced 23 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-05-06 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - No. 25 Mixture 13 10 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2010-04-17 Player's - Gold Leaf 5 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.0
2010-04-14 Mac Baren - Only Tobacco 11 2 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.4
2010-04-14 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Rum Flake 128 5 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2010-01-13 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Black Cavendish 4 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.3
2010-01-12 Samuel Gawith - Brown No. 4 139 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2010-01-04 Rattray - Old Gowrie (British Collection) 283 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2010-01-03 Samuel Gawith - Black Pigtail 11 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2009-12-30 Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake 285 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2009-12-16 Holland House - Holland House Aromatic 27 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2009-12-11 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Louisiana Perique Flake 86 0 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.1
2009-12-11 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Bosun Cut Plug 62 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.3
2009-11-26 Samuel Gawith - Golden Glow 101 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-11-26 Samuel Gawith - Commonwealth Mixture 197 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-11-21 Gallaher Limited - Condor Ready Rubbed (Green) 138 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2009-11-20 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Syrian Latakia 4 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-11-15 Borkum Riff - Cherry Liqueur 54 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.3
2009-11-09 Benson & Hedges - Special (Mellow) Virginia 56 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.4
2009-11-06 Samuel Gawith - Golden Glow (bulk) 44 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2009-11-03 Craven - Craven Aromatic (Original) 14 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2009-11-01 Player's - Whiskey Ready Rubbed (Highland Mixture) 12 3 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.6
2009-10-24 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Black Cherry Twist 25 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.4
2009-10-22 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Broken Scotch Cake 50 3 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.9
2009-10-18 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Escudo Navy De Luxe 427 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2009-10-17 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Dark Flake 99 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-10-15 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Flake U/S 62 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2009-10-12 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Ennerdale Flake 211 2 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2009-10-07 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Irish X 61 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-10-07 Mac Baren - St. Bruno Flake 160 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-09-19 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Balkan Mixture 108 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2009-09-19 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Clan Aromatic (Original) 171 27 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2009-09-19 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Mixture 195 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.3
2009-09-19 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Curly Cut 29 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2009-08-24 Craven - Craven Ready Rubbed 6 0 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.8