DrDyson

Real NameRobert Dyson
Joined2009-08
Last Visited2023-03
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 55 ★★★☆ 2.9
2021-05-07 Mac Baren - St. Bruno Ready Rubbed 141 ★★★☆ 3.0
2012-09-11 Ogden - Ogden's Mixture 5 ★★★★ 3.6
2009-10-18 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Escudo Navy De Luxe 443 ★★★★ 3.5

Reviews

148 reviews
441 helpful votes
4 star:
47 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
39 Recommended
2 star:
35 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
2022-11-24 Gallaher Limited - Rich Dark Honeydew 10 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.8
2022-07-31 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Jubilee Blend 3 0 ★★☆☆ 2.0
2022-07-10 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Perique Flake #27 (Reunion) 5 1 ★★★★ 3.8
2022-04-17 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal North Star 8 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.4
2022-04-02 Murray Sons & Co, Ltd - Parsons' Pleasure 15 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.6
2022-03-27 Samuel Gawith - Hansom Flake 19 0 ★★☆☆ 2.7
2022-02-12 McGahey The Tobacconist - Widecombe Mixture 2 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 4.0
2022-02-08 Peterson - My Mixture 965 614 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2021-08-21 Gallaher Limited - Condor Blended (Yellow) 17 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2021-06-15 Mac Baren - St. Bruno Ready Rubbed 141 2 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2021-05-18 McGahey The Tobacconist - Buckland Curlies 8 0 ★★★★ ★★☆☆ 2.5
2021-03-04 Cornell & Diehl - Yale Mixture 52 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2021-02-18 Samuel Gawith - Navy Flake 165 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2021-02-06 Samuel Gawith - Skiff Mixture 227 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2020-06-03 John Middleton, Inc - Prince Albert 499 4 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 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) 46 9 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2019-02-23 Charatan - Royal Escape Mixture 8 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 2.5
2019-02-16 Charatan - Eventide 12 4 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.9
2019-01-14 Dunhill - My Mixture BB1938 Baby's Bottom 64 10 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2018-08-08 Borkum Riff - Classic Pure Tobacco 6 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.3
2018-08-04 Samuel Gawith - Cabbie's Mixture 94 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2018-06-24 Gallaher Limited - Condor Long Cut (Brown) 78 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2018-06-17 Borkum Riff - Black Cavendish 61 2 ★☆☆☆ ★★☆☆ 1.9
2018-06-17 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Black Irish X Unsliced 93 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2018-05-25 E. A. Carey - Carey's Bruno Special 5 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2018-03-12 Kendal - Rodeo Shag 4 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.8
2018-03-02 Tabac Manil - La Brumeuse (Pure Semois) 77 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2018-01-02 Samuel Gawith - Cannon Plug 48 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2017-12-14 E. A. Carey - Castle Blend 4 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2017-12-04 Comoy's of London - Cornish Mixture 13 2 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.5
2017-05-26 Samuel Gawith - Kendal Plug 53 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2017-05-22 Mac Baren - Original Flake 58 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2017-04-11 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Revor Plug 69 3 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.8
2017-03-19 Player's - Navy Cut Flake 26 4 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.3
2017-03-19 Mac Baren - Mixture: Scottish Blend 398 7 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.9
2017-02-10 E. A. Carey - Dark Flake No. 7 7 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2016-11-21 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Dark 55 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 - Copper (Highland Malt Whisky) 9 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.6
2016-01-28 Peter Stokkebye - Kentucky Nougat 16 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.6
2015-12-19 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Exmoor Mixture 4 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.8
2015-07-14 Solani - 763: White and Black 72 13 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2015-06-13 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Cherry & Vanilla 30 2 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2015-04-15 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Rich Dark Honeydew 21 9 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2015-04-04 Thomas Radford - Sunday's Fantasy 71 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2014-09-16 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Gold 21 5 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.8
2014-09-10 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Sliced Black Twist 15 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2014-08-30 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Mixed 19 2 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.2
2014-08-03 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Balkan Flake 12 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 2.9
2014-05-07 Imperial Tobacco Group, PLC - Route 66 7 6 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2014-04-17 Mac Baren - HH Old Dark Fired 241 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.6
2014-04-07 Peterson - Balkan Delight 64 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 112 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.6
2013-09-21 Mac Baren - Navy Flake 334 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2013-08-16 Mac Baren - Scaferlati Caporal Rouge (Scaferlati Blends) 18 9 ★☆☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.4
2013-08-15 Peterson - The Royal Yacht 433 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2013-08-02 House of Windsor - Revelation 81 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2013-07-25 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Blue Ridge 9 2 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.4
2013-07-22 Peterson - Nightcap 671 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2013-04-20 Peterson - Sherlock Holmes 260 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 430 1 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2013-02-15 Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 542 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2013-02-08 Von Eicken - Bayside Mixed Blend 5 1 ★★☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2013-02-01 Imperial Tobacco Group, PLC - Scaferlati Superior 4 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.3
2012-12-15 J. F. Germain & Son - Germain's Special Latakia Flake 97 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2012-11-10 Mac Baren - Gold Block 86 13 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.1
2012-11-10 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Bob's Chocolate Flake 256 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2012-11-03 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Grasmere Flake 38 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2012-10-31 J. F. Germain & Son - Balkan Sobranie 86 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2012-09-29 Borkum Riff - Mixture with Bourbon Whiskey (Bronze) 307 10 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.6
2012-09-19 Mostex - Stanislaw London Mixture (Air Line Collection) 14 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2012-09-11 Ogden - Ogden's Mixture 5 9 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.6
2012-08-24 Fribourg & Treyer - Golden Mixture 34 6 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2012-06-15 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Happy (Brown) Bogie Unsliced 79 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 46 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2012-01-11 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Twist Sliced 44 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2011-07-31 Mac Baren - Presbyterian Mixture 298 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2011-07-30 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Mick McQuaid Square Cut 25 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2011-07-27 Mac Baren - Cube 97 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.1
2011-07-21 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Warrior Plug 35 6 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2011-07-18 Lane Limited - Captain Black Original (Regular) 500 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2011-07-17 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Flake 390 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) 269 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2011-06-01 Borkum Riff - Orange & Honey 21 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.6
2011-01-05 Samuel Gawith - Black XX Twist (Rope) 158 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2010-12-27 Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance 463 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2010-12-04 Borkum Riff - Cherry Cavendish (Ruby) 131 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.1
2010-11-12 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Balkan Mixture (Erinmore) 75 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-10-24 Samuel Gawith - Grousemoor 234 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2010-10-23 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Half & Half 359 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.2
2010-10-20 Rattray - Marlin Flake (British Collection) 275 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-10-18 Samuel Gawith - Finest Kendal Twist Black XX 34 2 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.2
2010-10-12 Samuel Gawith - 1792 Flake 444 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2010-10-11 Samuel Gawith - Cob Flake 9 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 2.9
2010-09-27 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Coniston Cut Plug 79 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2010-09-22 Borkum Riff - Vanilla Cavendish (Sungold) 49 4 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.6
2010-08-23 Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 603 22 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2010-06-20 Peterson - Irish Flake 435 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-06-20 Samuel Gawith - Firedance Flake 139 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2010-06-06 Borkum Riff - Original 77 7 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2010-05-23 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Flake 69 10 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2010-05-20 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Glengarry Flake 64 4 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2010-05-20 John Sinclair - Highland Sliced 23 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-05-06 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - No. 25 Mixture 18 11 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
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 135 6 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2010-01-13 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Black Cavendish 4 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.3
2010-01-12 Samuel Gawith - Brown No. 4 141 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2010-01-04 Rattray - Old Gowrie (British Collection) 295 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2010-01-03 Samuel Gawith - Black Pigtail 11 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2009-12-30 Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake 292 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2009-12-16 Holland House - Holland House Aromatic 27 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2009-12-11 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Louisiana Perique Flake 92 0 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.1
2009-12-11 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Bosun Cut Plug 70 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.3
2009-11-26 Samuel Gawith - Golden Glow 109 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-11-26 Samuel Gawith - Commonwealth Mixture 206 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-11-21 Gallaher Limited - Condor Ready Rubbed (Green) 142 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2009-11-20 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Syrian Latakia 4 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-11-15 Borkum Riff - Cherry Liqueur 57 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.3
2009-11-09 Benson & Hedges - Special (Mellow) Virginia 58 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2009-11-06 Samuel Gawith - Golden Glow (bulk) 45 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 28 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2009-10-22 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Broken Scotch Cake 55 4 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.9
2009-10-18 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Escudo Navy De Luxe 443 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2009-10-17 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Dark Flake 103 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-10-15 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Flake U/S 70 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2009-10-12 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Ennerdale Flake 224 2 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2009-10-07 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Irish X 66 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-10-07 Mac Baren - St. Bruno Flake 173 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-09-19 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Balkan Mixture 115 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2009-09-19 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Clan Aromatic (Original) 176 27 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2009-09-19 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Mixture 197 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