DrDyson

Real NameRobert Dyson
Joined2009-08
Last Visited2022-08
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 52 ★★★☆ 2.9
2021-05-07 Mac Baren - St. Bruno Ready Rubbed 136 ★★★☆ 3.1
2012-09-11 Ogden - Ogden's Mixture 5 ★★★★ 3.6
2009-10-18 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Escudo Navy De Luxe 439 ★★★★ 3.5

Reviews

147 reviews
427 helpful votes
4 star:
47 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
38 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
2022-07-31 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Jubilee Blend 2 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 17 0 ★★☆☆ 2.8
2022-02-12 McGahey The Tobacconist - Widecombe Mixture 2 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 4.0
2022-02-08 Peterson - My Mixture 965 604 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2021-08-21 Gallaher Limited - Condor Blended (Yellow) 17 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2021-06-15 Mac Baren - St. Bruno Ready Rubbed 136 2 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.1
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 160 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2021-02-06 Samuel Gawith - Skiff Mixture 216 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2020-06-03 John Middleton, Inc - Prince Albert 492 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) 41 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 89 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2018-06-24 Gallaher Limited - Condor Long Cut (Brown) 78 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2018-06-17 Borkum Riff - Black Cavendish 60 2 ★☆☆☆ ★★☆☆ 1.9
2018-06-17 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Black Irish X Unsliced 89 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 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) 74 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2018-01-02 Samuel Gawith - Cannon Plug 47 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2017-12-14 E. A. Carey - Castle Blend 4 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2017-12-04 Comoy's of London - Cornish Mixture 11 2 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.4
2017-05-26 Samuel Gawith - Kendal Plug 53 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2017-05-22 Mac Baren - Original Flake 59 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 384 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 51 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 70 11 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2015-06-13 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Cherry & Vanilla 31 2 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.1
2015-04-15 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Rich Dark Honeydew 20 9 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2015-04-04 Thomas Radford - Sunday's Fantasy 70 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 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2014-08-30 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Mixture 18 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 231 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.6
2014-04-07 Peterson - Balkan Delight 59 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 111 3 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2013-09-21 Mac Baren - Navy Flake 324 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2013-08-16 Mac Baren - Scaferlati Caporal Rouge (Scaferlati Blends) 17 9 ★☆☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.4
2013-08-15 Peterson - The Royal Yacht 421 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 654 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2013-04-20 Peterson - Sherlock Holmes 256 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 422 1 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2013-02-15 Samuel Gawith - Squadron Leader 530 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2013-02-08 Von Eicken - Bayside Mixed Blend 6 1 ★★☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.8
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 96 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2012-11-10 Mac Baren - Gold Block 86 13 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.1
2012-11-10 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Bob's Chocolate Flake 248 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2012-11-03 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Grasmere Flake 37 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2012-10-31 J. F. Germain & Son - Balkan Sobranie 83 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2012-09-29 Borkum Riff - Mixture with Bourbon Whiskey (Bronze) 306 10 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 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 33 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 293 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 35 6 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2011-07-18 Lane Limited - Captain Black Original (Regular) 488 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2011-07-17 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Flake 383 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) 261 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2011-06-01 Borkum Riff - Orange & Honey 21 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.6
2011-01-05 Samuel Gawith - Black XX Twist (Rope) 153 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2010-12-27 Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance 461 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) 74 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-10-24 Samuel Gawith - Grousemoor 229 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2010-10-23 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Half & Half 355 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.2
2010-10-20 Rattray - Marlin Flake (British Collection) 267 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-10-18 Samuel Gawith - Finest Kendal Twist Black XX 34 1 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.2
2010-10-12 Samuel Gawith - 1792 Flake 436 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2010-10-11 Samuel Gawith - Cob Flake 9 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 2.9
2010-09-27 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Coniston Cut Plug 75 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2010-09-22 Borkum Riff - Vanilla Cavendish (Sungold) 49 4 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.7
2010-08-23 Samuel Gawith - Full Virginia Flake 589 22 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2010-06-20 Peterson - Irish Flake 431 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-06-20 Samuel Gawith - Firedance Flake 136 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2010-06-06 Borkum Riff - Original 74 8 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 2.0
2010-05-23 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Kendal Flake 65 10 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2010-05-20 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Glengarry Flake 61 4 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.0
2010-05-20 John Sinclair - Highland Sliced 23 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-05-06 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - No. 25 Mixture 16 10 ★★★★ ★★★★ 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 131 6 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 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) 286 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2010-01-03 Samuel Gawith - Black Pigtail 11 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2009-12-30 Samuel Gawith - Best Brown Flake 290 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2009-12-16 Holland House - Holland House Aromatic 27 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2009-12-11 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Louisiana Perique Flake 89 0 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.1
2009-12-11 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Bosun Cut Plug 64 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.3
2009-11-26 Samuel Gawith - Golden Glow 102 5 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-11-26 Samuel Gawith - Commonwealth Mixture 202 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 56 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 25 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.4
2009-10-22 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Broken Scotch Cake 52 3 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.9
2009-10-18 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Escudo Navy De Luxe 439 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2009-10-17 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Dark Flake 101 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-10-15 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Flake U/S 66 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2009-10-12 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Ennerdale Flake 215 2 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2009-10-07 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Brown Irish X 62 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-10-07 Mac Baren - St. Bruno Flake 165 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2009-09-19 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Balkan Mixture 109 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2009-09-19 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Clan Aromatic (Original) 175 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