tpatriarche

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Real NameTony Patriarche
Joined2010-01
Last Visited2020-11
LocationVictoria, BC, Canada

Retired software developer, musician & composer. Other interests: old movies, SF, classic mysteries, knitting & Buddhism.

A pipe smoker off & on for 50 years. Tobacco preferences: Eclectic; I like Cavendish (especially black), English mixtures & "Turkish" especially with Yenidje & other aromatic varietals; much prefer Burley to Virginia, except I have recently come to love dark flue-cured Virginias. Am lucky enough to live in Victoria BC (Canada) where we have two fine specialty tobacconists with dozens of excellent house blends (email me for mail ordering info at tony@patriarche.net).

I notice I'm rated as a "neutralist". I tend to vote most fine tobaccos as 3-star; to get four stars from me, a tobacco has to have some unique character that makes it a standout, rather like the special rosette in the Penguin CD guides.

I also smoke the occasional cigar - it has to be strong & spicy, usually Maduro.

FaceBook: Tony Patriarche & Musicus Arbutus

Most of my pipes are full- or half-bent, which I prefer both for appearance and gentleness on the jaw. Sherlock Holmes, BTW, despite the popular image & many movies & TV series smoked a straight pipe -- see contemporary illustrations. My current favourite pipes are all by E A Carey, with Falcon a runner-up. The Carey pipes are very even smoking, with the least bite and juice bubble-through of any pipe I have owned; once broken in they often smoke right to the bottom without relighting. The slight aeration of the smoke can be off-putting at first, but it contributes to the dry, mild smoke, and any diffculty lighting disappears after the pipe is well broken in. I have several Peterson-type pipes (not Peterson brand; I wonder how they got past the patent?) and find I'm much more likely to get an unexpected mouthful of juice from them. I had an old Meerschaum of my father's (grandfather's?), but sold it to a beginning smoker who wanted a unique pipe. Frankly, meerschaum is overrated IMHO except for the beautiful carved pipes - it smokes hotter than a good briar. Somewhere I have a clay Churchwarden (the hottest-smoking of the lot -- no wonder they made the stems so long!). Just acquired a small briar churchwarden, cool smoking, light and delicate in appearance, but holds a full 3 g. of fine-cut 0 my new favourite!

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.
Motivator Has upvoted at least 80% of the time.

Favorites

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2019-11-06 Cornell & Diehl - Oak Alley (Cellar Series) 27 ★★★★ 3.7
2020-07-12 Cornell & Diehl - Oriental Silk 47 ★★★★ 3.5
2020-11-16 Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Night 88 ★★★★ 3.1
2014-05-08 Mac Baren - HH Vintage Syrian 231 ★★★★ 3.3
2014-05-08 McClelland - St. James Woods (Personal Reserve) 126 ★★★★ 3.3
2015-05-17 McClelland - Blending Perique 49 ★★★★ 3.5
2020-07-06 Old Morris - Zulu 0 0.0
2010-04-11 Old Morris - Black Stygian 1 ★★★★ 4.0
2010-04-11 Old Morris - Papeete 1 ★★★★ 4.0
2017-03-17 Peterson - My Mixture 965 598 ★★★★ 3.2
2018-04-13 Samuel Gawith - 1792 Flake 434 ★★★★ 3.0
2018-03-28 Samuel Gawith - Grousemoor 226 ★★★☆ 2.8
2013-11-25 Sobranie of London - The Balkan Sobranie 93 ★★★★ 3.7

Wishlist

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2019-11-22 D & R Tobacco - Blenders Bench: Katarini 1 4.0

Reviews

43 reviews
129 helpful votes
4 star:
16 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
18 Recommended
2 star:
6 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
3 Not Recommended

Preferences: Perique 3.8, Kentucky 3.7, Virginia 3.5, Burley 3.4, Latakia 3.3, Black Cavendish 3.3, Oriental/Turkish 3.3

Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2020-11-16 Cornell & Diehl - John Marr (Melville At Sea) 15 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2020-11-16 Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Night 88 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2020-09-19 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Stoved Virginia #507-S 14 5 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2020-09-15 Cornell & Diehl - Haunted Bookshop 249 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2020-08-07 Cornell & Diehl - Red Odessa 25 2 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.2
2020-07-09 Cornell & Diehl - Oriental Silk 47 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2020-07-04 Cornell & Diehl - Joie de Vivre (Cellar Series) 11 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2020-07-03 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Black Spice B21 (Black Series "B") 14 2 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.3
2020-06-17 Mac Baren - HH Rustica 36 4 ★★★★ 3.6
2019-11-07 E. A. Carey - Vintage Black Aromatic 1 0 ★★★☆ 3.0
2019-11-06 Cornell & Diehl - Oak Alley (Cellar Series) 27 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2018-03-27 Samuel Gawith - 1792 Flake 434 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.0
2017-12-22 Samuel Gawith - Grousemoor 226 6 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.8
2017-11-30 McClelland - Dark Star (Personal Reserve) 226 4 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2017-05-28 Solani - 656: Aged Burley Flake 252 6 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2017-01-06 Lane Limited - Captain Black Dark 62 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2015-05-17 McClelland - Yenidje Highlander (Grand Orientals) 54 4 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2015-05-17 McClelland - Yenidje Supreme (Grand Orientals) 60 5 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2015-05-15 McClelland - Blending Perique 49 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2014-12-20 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Navy Flake 253 5 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2014-05-08 McClelland - St. James Woods (Personal Reserve) 126 11 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2014-04-29 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Sail Regular 56 4 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2014-04-23 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Sail Aromatic 82 10 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2014-02-07 Peterson - My Mixture 965 598 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2013-12-21 E. A. Carey (Europe) - Carey's Black Twist 3 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.3
2013-12-21 Peterson - Irish Flake 426 13 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2012-02-07 McClelland - Bombay Extra (Personal Reserve) 45 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2012-01-05 City Cigar Company - City's D-965 3 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2011-10-28 McClelland - Syrian Super Balkan (Syrian Latakia) 31 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.5
2010-08-21 E. A. Carey - Classic Black Aromatic 5 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2010-08-21 Mac Baren - Amphora Full Aroma 197 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2010-04-19 E. A. Carey - Full Bodied Black 3 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2010-04-15 Mac Baren - Amphora Original Blend 110 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2010-04-11 Old Morris - Papeete 1 2 ★★★★ ★★★★ 4.0
2010-04-11 Old Morris - Black Stygian 1 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 4.0
2010-04-09 Lane Limited - Captain Black Royal 225 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2010-04-09 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Balkan Sasieni 272 8 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2010-04-09 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Troost Aromatic Cavendish 43 1 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.0
2010-02-09 Lane Limited - Captain Black Original (Regular) 481 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2010-01-23 Mac Baren - HH Vintage Syrian 231 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2010-01-23 Mac Baren - Amphora Black Cavendish Special Reserve 51 9 ★★★★ ★★★★ 2.9
2010-01-23 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Mixture 195 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.3
2010-01-23 Lane Limited - Captain Black Gold 200 0 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.1