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One of our premier creations with its rich taste. Hinting towards the aromatic side, there is no aromatic tasted or aroma - just quality and character.

BrandIwan Ries
Blended BySutliff Tobacco Company
Manufactured BySutliff Tobacco Company
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBurley, Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Packaging50g Pouch
ProductionCurrently available
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Mild to Medium
Mild to Medium
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2158)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

A medium sweet English/aromatic with a berry topping and light plum hit here and there. There's a slight woody smokiness from the Cyprian latakia, which also adds a little push to the taste in the background. The nutty, earthy, molasses sweet burley isn't very noticeable nor is the grassy, citrusy Virginia, but they show up to wave at you a few times during the proceedings. The buttery sweet, lightly dry, woody Orientals and plumy perique play with the flavor some, but in a minor way, and also adds some sourness and a hint of spice. The mixture isn't as complex as it may seem, but there's enough variety to keep you interested. The nic-hit is mild. Won't bite or get harsh. Burns at a moderate pace, cool and clean with a mostly consistent flavor. Needs few relights, and leaves a little dampness in the bowl. The after taste is short lived. Not quite an all day smoke. More of a two and a half star blend.

7 people found this review helpful.

marosi Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
marosi (67)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This is a wonderful and unique smoking mixture. I am writing this review looking at easily 50 or more different pipe tobaccos in my collection, and nothing is remotely like Dr. Bradley (unless you count the use of latakia, which we will get to).

The cut is a nice chunky ribbon cut with a base of burley with VA's. As the description notes, it has latakia, perique, and oriental's, and you can see, smell, and taste each one. The pouch aroma offers the odor of latakia and oriental, with something extra. The perique is present if you know what to look for, and then there is that casing/topping aroma. Some people call it berry, but if it is berry it is more of a plum or prune essence, and nothing like a berry aromatic ala Devils' Holiday or the like. IRC is very accurate in their description where they state that this does not smoke or taste like an aromatic. While the tobacco components come through in the smoking experience, the somewhat sweet, nondescript aroma does not translate to a particular flavor other than as acting as an adhesive that blends and rounds the individual component tobaccos into a cohesive whole.

The cut packs easily and lights and burns fantastically. As a matter of fact, its easy, cool burning characteristics are one of this mixture's highlights. The burley offers an easy, cool burning base and it is super easy to smoke with little fussing. Anyone who alleges that this is goopy or hard to light or keep lit is simply wrong. I always dry out my tobacco before I smoke it (although the pouch humidity was not high to begin with) but this is truly one of the easiest to tend mixtures that you will ever smoke, guaranteed. Most tobacco should be still springy but dry to the touch before smoking, so just let this sit for 5 minutes or so and it will be perfect, and you will have no problems.

In addition to the super easygoing burn characteristics, it tastes great and offers no unpleasant surprises. This is a very middle of the road blend in the sense that it is not overly strong or mild, and while it is not packed with flavor, the flavor that it offers is rich and delicious, just not overwhelming. The burley and latakia offer a wonderful base, and the perique and orientals are truly present as flavoring agents without being too forward. The whole flavor profile is very well rounded and cohesive, with rich medium flavor and mild(er) strength with no tongue bite. The flavor is consistent throughout the bowl but does deepen somewhat toward the end. It burns faster than average, must likely due to the burley base, and overall presents a very easy to work with all day smoke.

This is a very "american" tasting mixture, and in my estimation is essential as part of a tobacco collection. Many pipe smokers work hard, and in my opinion wrongly, to smoke and appreciate only one or two types of tobaccos. If you do so you are missing out on a lot of wonderful smoking experiences. Anyone who has read my reviews knows that I love most of what Sam Gawith offers. This is nothing like any of them. This is nothing like a Danish style aromatic, and even though it contains latakia and orientals it is really nothing like a true English or Balkan blend. It is its own, quintessentially American style from the first half of last century, and as such it is a blessing to still have it available and as such a quality product. I have tried a host of these old style blends, including an original tin of Holiday Mixture from the 60's or earlier, and this is the best overall in my opinion. It has the best flavor profile and burn characteristics, and is very affordable to boot! Give yourself a treat and get some, and share an experience with your grandfather and great grandfather.

Pipe Used: GBD Virgin, Savinelli Autograph

Age When Smoked: fresh, less than two months

Purchased From: IRC

4 people found this review helpful.

HCraven Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HCraven (9)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

This is a relatively course cut ribbon ranging from golden- to chocolate-brown with bits of black here and there. It arrives in a mylar “Perma-Moist Tobacco Pouch” at close to, but not quite, perfect smoking moisture. I remain suspect of the pouch, however, and soon transfer the contents to a jar. Pouch aroma is one of a mild Oriental spice with a light, sweet, plum or berry note, and is very pleasant and unusual.

A scant few minutes in the open air bring the tobacco to perfect smoking moisture, as little to no humectant appears to be present. The ribbons here are a little springy, and can require a bit more fiddling than some blends to satisfactorily pack the bowl without getting it too tight at first, especially if you are using a narrow bowl. It takes to the flame readily, and the sweet aromatic component is most prominent at this first light, but it settles in quickly and does its job supporting the natural tobacco flavors perfectly.

A savory Burley flavor is at work underneath prominent but not overwhelming spice tobaccos that combine for a slightly musty flavor. I don’t find that any of the components stand out on their own, but harmonize beautifully with each other and the fructose-tinged aromatic element to produce a flavor that is not really complex so much as compound. It’s unusual, but it seems like it very much belongs in the realm of natural tobacco flavors, rather than being out of place or intentionally iconoclastic.

This tobacco smokes quite easily, requiring few relights and little fuss. The flavor is about medium, but it won’t bore you nor will it overtax your palate. The room note seems quite pleasant. It can be smoked as an occasional treat or as an everyday thing, especially at its dirt-cheap price point.

I would agree with my friend Marosi: Dr. Bradley Mixture is as American a pipe tobacco as Condor is English, and it seems to be a better kept secret. That’s not to take away from the genius of Iwan Ries as tobacconists, or from Sutliff as blenders, though. This is a far cry from a basic Burley like Prince Albert, though it still satisfies many of the same customers’ requirements, such as ease of smoking and repeatability, while ratcheting up the flavor significantly. In the days before American pipe smokers were very familiar with imported blends, this must have been a very sophisticated blend indeed. In modern times when those imports constitute a lot of what we smoke, this and other Iwan Ries blends are nearly forgotten gems.

If you are stuck in a rut, if you’re bored, or if you think that Virginias, VaPers, Balkans, Burleys and Black Cavendish Aromatics are all there is in pipe tobacco, you need a pouch of Dr. Bradley Mixture. This blend will confound your expectations, shatter your stereotypes, give you respect for the past and hope for the future, and make pipe smoking fun and exciting again. Four stars for both quality and originality.

Pipe Used: Briars, cobs, Falcons

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Iwan Ries & Co.

Similar Blends: Nothing you've ever tried..

3 people found this review helpful.

natibo Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
natibo (166)
Medium Medium Medium to Full Pleasant

I decided to make this tobacco my first review. I have been smoking a pipe on and off for 9 years so I am not a newbie. This blend is a really nice berry flavored blend with a light latakia note. I find it very enjoyable. It will bite a little if you're not careful. However, it won't bite like Mac Baren's plumcake. The flavor is so distinctive that if you smoke an ounce, wait 1-2 years and smoke it again you will remember exactly what you were doing when you smoked it the first time.

3 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1825)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Strong

Now here we go, a real tobacco with nothing but a straight forward, in your face, real tobacco taste!

This is one of Iwan Ries's oldest and highly regarded blends. It came along before the 3-star series and has been a big hit for a million years. I can see why. If you want straight tobacco taste, take a ride with the Doctor. I order one of those mylar pouches of Dr. Bradley once ever couple of years and it is thoroughly enjoyable.

This is more than just a step up from "drugstore" quality blends and has a mostly Burley and background Virginia taste that will bring back very pleasant memories for those of us who have been puffing on our briars for several decades.

3 people found this review helpful.

atomicbuster Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
atomicbuster (55)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Dr. Bradley's Mixture seems like an English blend, but I guess with the Perique and Burley it changes to an American. I'm still not clear on the various labeling systems. Anyway, the good: there's no bite from the Perique! I'm sensitive to Perique blends and I just couldn't find that characteristic spiciness which usually irritates my tongue. Same goes for the Virginia, no citrus tang. The Latakia and Orientals are noticeable, but not so much the Burley. Now the bad: with all the different tobacco in this blend, it would not have been bad to have a few more flavors pop out a bit. Overall: recommended, but it's not stellar. 3.5

2 people found this review helpful.

½ bowl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
½ bowl (99)
Medium None Detected Full Very Pleasant

An Iwan Ries salesman told me there was a delicate addition of subtle flavoring added merely to improve the aroma. I take that to be a top dressing. As he predicted, I couldn't really find any evidence of it -- either during or after the smoke.

To me there is a raisin/prune character to its gentle sweetness; and an unidentifiable floral note that comes and goes throughout the smoke, teasingly.

I smoke mostly natural, unflavored burleys, and Virginia flake, but I keep some Bradley on hand when I'm in the mood for something like an aromatic without the 'drug store blend' problems.

2 people found this review helpful.

BigSwede Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BigSwede (80)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

In the pouch a mixture of black, brown and lighter colored tobacco and a berry-ish aroma that immediately brought to mind HOW's Country Doctor. Easy to fill the pipe, for me the light-tamp-light gets it going nicely.

At first puff you'll know this is a mild aromatic and the taste is for me just a slight hint of the berry like aroma and something almost like toasted marshmallows. The VA is just discernible and the condiments (orientals, latakia) seem to mix with the topping to produce a nice overall smoke that strengthens as you go down the bowl.

My everyday smoke is Havana Daydream, about as non-aromatic as you can get. But for something different I like an occasional light aromatic that is not the usual choco-vanilla goop. This will do very nicely along with the old Edward G Robinson's blend.

Pipe Used: Long stemmed Canadian briar

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: Iwan Ries

1 person found this review helpful.

Old Hickory Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Old Hickory (1)
Medium to Strong Medium to Strong Medium Very Pleasant

I first met the Doctor in Dekalb Illinois (1972) One of my friends on the dorm floor that I was in charge of smoked a pipe and I told him how nice and acrid it was. He was from Chicago and said ,"Oh, That's Dr. Bradley, I'll get you some when I go home at Thanksgiving." I smoked it from then until 2005 when I quit. Yes it felt good to quit, and I stayed away until 2014! Well, I hit a rough patch in my life and I had never been able to through away my good pipes and a half pouch of the Doctor so here I am! It's now 4 -19 -17 and I want to add that since I wrote my amateurist review review back in September, I have tried 7 Dunhill blends, all the Frog M''s and several Samuel Gawith tins. I stand by my review with even more conviction. For me, Dr. Bradley does about all I ask for in a very reasonably priced tobacco ( $ 1 an ounce in 7 0z foil package) I will concede that Iwan Ries Virginia Flake is an outstanding change of pace, but I'll stay with DR. B for my foreseeable future. It's the Chicago Way !!!!!!

Pipe Used: 1976 Savenelli Freehand

Age When Smoked: one month

Purchased From: Iwan Ries Chicago Illinois State Street

Similar Blends: Country Doctor which my dad smoked in the 1950's.

1 person found this review helpful.

Young Piper Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Young Piper (300)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

I just received a large sample a few days ago from an online friend and I had not looked this blend up here on TR so when I opened the pouch I was really surprised to find Country Doctor! I am truly surprised no one else compared the two blends: both named Dr. Berry Scent, Burley, Latakia, Virginia and Perique. Old school OTC type blends of mixed cuts.... Well at least I know when my 10oz tin of Country Doctor by House Of Windsor is gone I can replace it with Dr. Bradley! Mild and yet had a nice little kick of lady N. Room note I was told as having a Berry Pie / Cobbler aroma. Where have you been all my life Dr. Bradley?

Similar Blends: House of Windsor - Country Doctor.

1 person found this review helpful.

ruffinogold Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
ruffinogold (107)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I realy like it :) Very smooth and medium all the way .Relaxing as heck .I can see why this has been round forever . I sure hope alot of people are buying from IRC cause I dont want their stuff to go away . Update .. This is good stuff man ... kinda like dunhill std med in that medium way [ if that makes sense ] . I realy didnt notice a berry topping .It does have some top note to it that I cant figure . It is kinda sweet , which I normally dont care for in a blend that has orientals or lat . But here , it works pretty good . I liked Dun Std med and being its no longer around I 'll smoke the IRC Royale which is a better blend , this is a crossover for sure

1 person found this review helpful.

PipeProfessor Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PipeProfessor (15)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

This blend has become my one of my daily smokes. Balanced burley with a light berry casing, virginia with alittle latakia. The topping shows up in the room note, the flavor is quality tobacco with no bite and no bitter aftertaste. There is an creamy quality that is enjoyable. If you enjoy "American Engish" blends, you will enjoy Dr. Bradley.

1 person found this review helpful.

CTS Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
CTS (136)
Medium Very Mild Mild to Medium Tolerable

Fairly decent crossover, in a crowded field. Pick up a slight, nondescript, casing flavor - medium strength, mild to medium flavor. Burley comes out as you advance through the bowl. Decent tobaccos overall - high 2 stars.

Pipe Used: 35+ year old Alpha Executive (Israel)

Age When Smoked: not dated; at least 6 months

Purchased From: IRC

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Peppino Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Peppino (74)
Mild to Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

This is a good tobacco, not great but good medium latakia blend.. It burns well and has a sweet/sour flavor in the back of my mouth that I like. It's a clean/dry smoke as well, which seems all the Ries blends are,to me anyway. Good Stuff!

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AcworthAl Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
AcworthAl (38)
Mild Very Mild Medium Pleasant

This reminded me of old time tobacco. It is simple, pleasant, easy to smoke and delightful. I first smoked a pipe in the 60s and when I smoked the first bowl of Dr. Bradleys it brought back memories of blends whose names I no longer remember. I have been very impressed with the quality of the tobacco from Iwan Ries.

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SmokeKing David Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SmokeKing David (123)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

An English-Aromatic hybrid of some note. Pleasant and non-biting. Worth a try.

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WmZiggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WmZiggy (76)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

I hadn't smoked Dr. B in a long long time. I got nostalgic when I was visiting the Iwan Ries web page and ordered a pouch. It rekindled some memories and I was somewhat amazed I could say, "Yep that's how I remember it". I thought this had to be a testament to consistency in an age where everything seems to be changing.

This is a nice tobacco. It didn't bite or burn. It is a straight forward tobacco blend without a lot of complex development throughout the smoke. I also detected a small about of Latakia and liked the lighter amount; some blends beat you over the head with it.

This will be a part of my rotation again.

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