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Real NameFinal Identity
Joined2004-02
Last Visited2018-11
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

I prefer the traditional English blend -- meaning, Virginias, burleys, and lots of Latakia or other oriental tobacco, and no artificial flavoring casing sweetener or goo. Within that English ambit, I'm also often pleased by Perique blends. And then once in a rare while I'll go for a really dark Cavendish with loads of sweet casing, like something that could be called "Willy Wonka's Dickensian Christmas Pudding," but we all have our foibles.

All that having been said, however, I note as well that, oddly, despite my interest in English blends, I don't like Virginia or burley. I want my oriental blends to be oriental, mostly, with just a hint of "base" in the other tobaccos. If the blend claims as its hallmark something like "heavy in burley" I'll probably think there's way too much nicotine. And if the blend claims "delightfully bright Virginias" then I'll probably think it smokes too much like a cigarette, with that dry ashy flavor that I call "smoker's ashtray mouth."

G. L. Pease is my favorite brand, blender, blend, whatever you want to call him. "Genius" may be the right word. When I first tried his "Samarra" it was the greatest smoking experience I'd ever had ... yet ...
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I hate pipes with the Peterson "P-lip."

I like stumpy, thick-stemmed pipes that I can really clamp down onto with a hard tooth-clenching grip. For instance, see my profile picture: if anyone has any Savinelli pipes in their now-discontinued Duca Eraldo line that he'd like to pass along to a grateful and appreciative fellow smoker, I'll pay more than fair-market value. Send a picture. You can find me on the boards or leave a note at my Yahoo email, final underscore identity at yahoo dot com. It may take me a while to get it but I'll certainly respond.

Badges

Neutralist Has rated between 50% to 80% of their reviews with 2 or 3 stars.
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Favorites

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2018-05-21 G. L. Pease - Westminster (Heirloom Collection) 273 ★★★★ 3.3
2018-05-21 G. L. Pease - Samarra (Original Mixtures) 90 ★★★★ 3.4
2018-05-21 McClelland - Frog Morton on the Bayou (Craftsbury Series) 184 ★★★★ 3.2

Wishlist

Date Blend Reviews Avg Rating
2018-11-15 Butera - Latakia No.2 (Royal Vintage) 27 ★★★★ 3.3
2018-11-15 Cornell & Diehl - Joie de Vivre (Cellar Series) 11 ★★★★ 3.2
2018-11-15 G. L. Pease - Chelsea Morning (Old London Series) 152 ★★★★ 3.4
2018-11-15 G. L. Pease - Blackpoint (Classic Collection) 89 ★★★★ 3.3
2018-11-15 G. L. Pease - Quiet Nights (Old London Series) 129 ★★★★ 3.5
2018-11-15 J. F. Germain & Son - Balkan Sobranie 83 ★★★★ 3.3
2018-11-15 Lane Limited - Crown Achievement 85 ★★★☆ 2.8
2018-11-15 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Balkan Sasieni 275 ★★★★ 3.1
2018-11-15 Sobranie of London - The Balkan Sobranie 93 ★★★★ 3.7
2018-11-15 Sobranie of London - The Balkan Sobranie 759 26 ★★★★ 3.7
2018-11-15 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Balkan Sobranie 16 ★★★★ 3.9
2018-11-15 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Match Balkan Sobranie 759 11 ★★★★ 3.5
2018-11-15 Uhle's - Bishop's Move 33 ★★★★ 3.8

Reviews

37 reviews
30 helpful votes
4 star:
5 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
17 Recommended
2 star:
12 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
3 Not Recommended

Preferences: Perique 3.4, Latakia 3.4, Oriental/Turkish 3.3, Virginia 3.2, Black Cavendish 3.0, Burley 3.0

Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2018-11-15 Sobranie of London - The Balkan Sobranie 93 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.7
2018-11-15 McClelland - Frog Morton on the Bayou (Craftsbury Series) 184 0 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2010-04-30 J. F. Germain & Son - Germain's Special Latakia Flake 96 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.4
2010-04-30 J. F. Germain & Son - Royal Jersey Original Latakia Mixture 34 1 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.7
2010-04-02 Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Erinmore Mixture 197 1 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.3
2009-02-15 McClelland - Vanilla Black Cavendish 66 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2009-02-15 McClelland - Townsman Cavendish Blue 29 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 2.9
2009-02-15 Lane Limited - RLP-6 117 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2009-02-15 Peter Stokkebye - Proper English (No.52) 118 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2009-02-15 McClelland - Oriental Mixture No. 1 22 1 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 2.9
2009-02-15 Peterson - Nightcap 651 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2009-02-15 Sutliff Tobacco Company - No.150 Mark Twain 19 5 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 3.1
2009-02-15 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Navy Flake 257 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.2
2009-02-15 Wilke Pipe Tobacco - Wilke No. 191 57 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.6
2009-02-15 Sutliff Tobacco Company - Heavy English #503 12 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.3
2009-02-15 Mac Baren - Golden Sweet 7 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.4
2009-02-15 Lane Limited - Golden Cavendish Slices 12 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2009-02-15 Affordable Pipes - Fox & Hound 4 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2009-02-15 Lane Limited - Cookie Jar 5 1 ★★☆☆ ★★☆☆ 2.6
2009-02-15 Lane Limited - Black Cavendish 16 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.3
2009-02-15 Cornell & Diehl - Bayou Night 88 3 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.1
2009-02-15 Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance 460 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.5
2007-05-15 Peterson - Luxury Blend 105 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2007-05-10 Butera - Kingfisher 83 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 2.9
2007-05-02 Solani - 369: Blue Label 40 1 ★★★☆ ★★☆☆ 2.6
2007-05-02 G. L. Pease - Barbary Coast (Original Mixtures) 209 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2007-04-01 G. L. Pease - Haddo's Delight (Original Mixtures) 297 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2007-04-01 Peterson - University Flake 420 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2007-04-01 McClelland - Frog Morton Across the Pond (Craftsbury Series) 154 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2007-04-01 G. L. Pease - Westminster (Heirloom Collection) 273 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2007-04-01 McClelland - Arcadia (221b Series) 118 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2004-03-12 G. L. Pease - Renaissance (Original Mixtures) 50 0 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.7
2004-03-06 G. L. Pease - Charing Cross (Classic Collection) 107 2 ★★☆☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2004-02-28 G. L. Pease - Samarra (Original Mixtures) 90 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2004-02-28 McClelland - Frog Morton on the Town (Craftsbury Series) 235 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2004-02-28 Peterson - My Mixture 965 601 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.2
2004-02-28 Edward's - Scottish Moor 14 0 ★☆☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.2