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For many decades this unique blend was one of Drucquer's most popular, and was even known to have comforted members of Admiral Richard Byrd's crew during their second Antarctic expedition. The finely balanced combination of Virginia tobaccos, white and brown burleys, and just a bit of Latakia and perique keeps Inns of Court in high regard. A lighter blend with a complex, nutty taste and wonderful, nostalgic aroma that is sure to suit many palates. Fill your bowl and enjoy a taste of history! - Gregory Pease

BrandDrucquer & Sons
Blended ByG.L. Pease
Manufactured ByCornell & Diehl
Blend TypeAmerican
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Burley, Latakia, Perique, Virginia
Packaging3.5 ounce tin
ProductionCurrently available
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Pleasant, Pleasant to Tolerable

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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3019)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

The very nutty, deep molasses sweet, toasty, earthy brown burleys have a hint of cocoa, and takes a little lead over the other components. The red and more obvious bright Virginias offer a bit of tart and tangy citrus, a little tangy dark fruit and earth, and light grass, wood and bread notes in a support role. The white burley sports a very mild dry, earthy, woody sharp spice hit in the background. The smoky, woody, earthy incense-like sweet Cyprian Latakia is slightly more than a condiment, while the spice, raisin and plum aspects of the perique are condimental. A pinch of black cavendish provides a little brown sugar. The nic-hit is a step beyond the mild level. The strength and taste are just past the center of the mild to medium threshold. No chance of bite, and has no weak or harsh spots. Burns at a moderate pace, cool and clean with a fairly smoothly sweet, lightly savory, very consistent flavor all the way to the finish. Provides lots of smoke, requires few relights, and leaves little dampness in the bowl as it easily burns to ash. Has a sweetly pleasant, lightly lingering after taste and room note. A fairly easy going all day sweet American English smoke. Three and a half stars out of four.


37 people found this review helpful.

The Saint Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
The Saint (7)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

The first time I walked into Drucquer & Sons University Ave. shop in the early eighty's this was one of the first blends recommended to me, and smoked it regularly. After finishing five bowls, I have to say that this is better than the original. The taste is about what I remember, semi sweet, rich but mild all day smoke that leaves a pleasant after taste on your palate wanting more, but it seems like a more refined and complete blend. The old version had a tendency to smoke a little hot and bite if not careful, this does not. Greg thanks for bringing back an old friend, you did good.

Pipe Used: Tinsky

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

25 people found this review helpful.

clanobucklin Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
clanobucklin (105)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Nutty, Complex. Hint of Latakia, smooth tasting, and absolute joy to smoke. So what's not to like? Tastes just like I remembered it. Glad to see this back in production. Highly recommended!

Pipe Used: Wally Frank Billiard

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Smoking Pipes

21 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (393)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I got a 100 g tin of this in a trade with someone who found it too heavy in vitamin N. The cut is a narrow ribbon and it is an assortment of browns and tans. There are a few bits of black leaf. The hydration was just about perfect for me, and I smoked it as delivered.

I think the easiest way to describe the flavor is by comparison to Big-n-Burley. it is sweeter and there is a Virginia presence. The perique is a little spicier. The latakia is just a hair more forward. The flavor is slightly less full, but it is consistent and very good.

It took a match and smoked without drama.

I have no reservations in recommending this. I have liked everything I have tried blended by GLP, and this is a great smoke.

14 people found this review helpful.

moniker Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
moniker (217)
Medium Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable to Strong

According to the TR blurb, Drucquer & Sons’ Inns of Court is a blend with some history. It’s also a VA/Bur/Per blend, something that no one does better than GL Pease, not that this one is his, specifically, but it certainly bears his imprimatur. These facts having raised my expectations, popping the tin was anti-climactic, short ribbons ranging from gold to light and mid red-brown, with darker brown and a smattering of black bits offering very muted sourdough, silage and faint meadow grasses toned down by a smidgen of Latakia. I first tried this in a #6 billiard that I wound up running 2 bowls through before the IOC smoked true. It worked fine in all my larger Burley pipes after running them in. A snugged load lasts a while in these pipes. The dominant tobacco is Burley, woody, nutty, and bitter, made smoky and sourer by the scant-but-pervasive Latakia. The VAs are grassy, bready, sweet, and savory, and they are well-melded with the savory, sour, mildly spicy Perique. The black Cavendish smooths and adds to the smoke, bringing a trace of vanilla and more sweet and sour. The lot provides a very tasty, relaxing smoke. There’s plenty of smoke, and it’s consistent, top to bottom. Strength is medium the way I smoke it, with the nicotine trailing. Tastes are between medium and full. I love the way it smells, but according to my wife, I stink after smoking it (outdoors!), so I have to rate the room note as tolerable to strong. Aftertaste is a lengthy trailing off of the best of the smoke that gets sweeter and more bready, nutty, and grassy to the end.

Who knows why my mind wanders so freely when I smoke this, but it’s something I value. This is, indeed, an Old School blend, best suited to experienced Burleyphiles, though any adventurous piper might give it a go. 4 stars.

Pipe Used: larger briars

Age When Smoked: from tin, rested 30 days

12 people found this review helpful.

James C. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
James C. (17)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable to Strong

Inns of Courts starts out as a sweet Virginia with a hint of latakia, more on the citrusy side than earthy and with an almost herbal quality provided by the orientals. As the bowl progresses the constituent tobacco's develop and give rise to plummy spice and tang with increasing body and wood overtones. It finishes with the nutty burleys taking the lead and chocolatey spice with hickory accents.

Pipe Used: Ashton bent billard

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Similar Blends: Gl Pease Chelsea Morning.

12 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (395)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Unnoticeable

This has a very nice sweet grassy hay like smell out of the tin. There is a lot of play to this one, it smokes smooth at times and then a little spice kicks in. This blend is called American vice English or Virginia. Not really sure what this means exactly, but I have read some reviews referring this as a mild English. For me the Latakia is hardly noticeable and this blend seems to be predominant Virginia. A really nice natural tasting tobacco and I am tempted to buy a few more tins and let them age a little bit. The one I bought was produced in August of this year. One reason I purchased this was the reference to Admiral Byrd’s team smoking this blend. Of course, I realize this is a recreation and not the original but the previous reviews seem to bear that it is pretty close and I enjoy the history aspect of this blend.

Pipe Used: Briar Pokers

Age When Smoked: New

10 people found this review helpful.

WmZiggy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
WmZiggy (81)
Mild None Detected Mild Pleasant to Tolerable

Drucquer’s Inns of Court is an appropriate name for this blend. The Inns of Court in London are about as “old school” and conservative as it gets. Not only did many buildings survive the Great Fire of 1666, and the blitz of World War II, but it’s inhabitants are London’s lawyers, a very waist coat and button-down-suit crowd. Drucquer’s Inns of Court is an old school blend that took me back to my days working as a tobacconist in Kansas City with Carl Ehwa, founder of McClelland Tobacco with his wife Maria.

Before Carl left Diebel’s, where I managed one of Fred’s stores, Carl created a number of Fred’s blends. He was also working out his first blends for his future company, McClelland Tobacco. Carl loved Virginia leaf in all of its forms. In his book Pipes & Tobacco, one of the first of its kind outside of Alfred Dunhill’s books, he devotes 17 pages to Virginia leaf, only 13 pages to Burley. Carl appreciated Burley, especially White Burley, but had disdain for the heavy casings, glycerin, and flavorings applied to Burley because the leaf absorbs it well. As we all know, it leaves a soggy gunk in the bottom of one’s pipe - Americans have always been addicted to sugar! He felt that pipe smokers, especially those used to drug store blends, would smoke high quality Virginia based blends if more were available to the public. Drucquer’s knew this, which Greg Pease learned when he went to work there. However, you had to live or visit B&M stores in larger cities to have access to high quality Virginia based blends.

I ordered Inns of Court, in part because the description on the back of the label notes that this was the blend used by Admiral Byrd’s crew during their Antarctic expeditions. That caught my eye because I deployed to Antarctica and the South Pole with the Air Force in 2005 and among my “Awards & Decorations” (Ribbon Rack) proudly wear the Admiral Byrd Medal for being in Antarctica. I enjoy immersing myself in history and what fun to smoke something they used and most of the early explorers were ardent pipe smokers. However, I have never found out what brands Scott’s and Shackleton’s men smoked. I know I am digressing from my review of Inns of Court, and I don’t want to turn this into an “atta boy” (bragging) column, but I never figured out how they smoked their pipes in the extreme cold; I never had much luck at the SP where the temperature was 75 degrees below Fahrenheit on a “good” day. Most days with a light wind it would be 100+ degrees wind chill and my hunch is they were mostly limited to smoking in their huts, tents, ships - something, thank God, I didn’t have to endure.

I will not soon forget when Carl sent me a sample of a Virginia blend, a flake, he was working on; I think it became McClelland’s #10. I smoked it at the shop and after several bowls picked up the phone and called him at Diebel’s warehouse/factory where he worked. I asked him if this was a pure Virginia blend, because I was tasting Oriental leaf in the blend. I have no idea if Inns of Court contains Yenidje, Xanthi, Drama or other types of Oriental leaf. I just know its there along with Red Virginia, some Bright, Burley, Latakia and Perique. As Carl wrote in Pipes & Tobacco, For years manufactures have been using…Oriental tobaccos to increase the mystique of their mixtures. Inns of Court smokes dry - call it astringent - with the slight sweetness of the Virginia and Oriental leaf combined with the earthiness of Burley and woody overtones of Latakia. The Perique is very subtle, as is the Latakia while smoked. However, the prominent aroma in the tin and on the nose is Latakia and a very subtle smell of Virginia/Burley/Oriental leaf. I cannot detect any flavoring or top spray on this mostly ribbon cut with smaller cuts of condiment tobaccos. Inns of Court is an old style, mild, American/English blend and as I noted already very traditional. There is no bite. The room note might note be as pleasing as an aromatic, but I could care less. It is very smooth. I don’t inhale, so no nothing of “nicotine hit”. When I fired a bowl for the first time I could only think “wow, wonderful, I don’t want this to end”! And as the Orientals (not the Latakia) kicked in it was, for me, an OMG moment. I have missed this style of tobacco for a long time, being a smoker of mostly Va/Per and some Burley Flakes.

If I had any complaint about Drucquer’s Inns of Court, it’s the label, not the content, but the cheapness of the paper, ink and printing. Carl was an artist, not just of tobacco blends, but also his labels. The colors and embossing was more grand then anything on the market. We all remember the annual editions, in their own paper bag sealed with wax. Carl was at Diebel’s when he often talked about packaging. When I was a young boy I can recall walking past Diebel’s on the Plaza and staring at the tobacco tins on the shelves. I am sure after one of my visits they had to clean the nose prints off the glass. The mystique and attraction of the labels left me wanting to know more. Thank you Greg Pease for bringing back a classic mixture.

Pipe Used: Dunhill Cumberland

Age When Smoked: New

Similar Blends: Other mild American/English blends.

9 people found this review helpful.

L. Toy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
L. Toy (2)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

I was immediately struck by the cut of Inns of Court tobacco. It is a very thinly cut ribbon, almost a shag. The colors are mostly gold and brown with small specks of black cavendish, perique and latakia throughout. It packs and burns easily and evenly to a white ash. I am in love with the flavors. I find a little bit of white pepper on the outside of my tongue in the early stage that wakes up my senses and then I'm looking for and finding those little gems of black scattered throughout the tobacco as I puff leisurely through the bowl. By midway the white pepper is gone and a general smoothness takes over. Mr. Pease really nailed it with this re-creation. It feels and tastes classic in a very American way. Highly recommended.

Pipe Used: Various group 4 sized pipes

Age When Smoked: Fresh

Purchased From: SmokingPiipes

7 people found this review helpful.

BlueDog1950 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BlueDog1950 (17)
Medium None Detected Full Pleasant

Inns of Court, Drucquer & Sons, Ltd. 4 stars

Exceptional English blend, recently discovered by this long time pipe smoker. One tries many blends in the ongoing adventure of seeking something that stands out – this was a very pleasant discovery. Highly recommended.

Black cavindish, Burley, Latakia, Perique and Virginia. High quality tobaccos blended perfectly,

Tin note is slightly sweet Virginia with hints of Latakia and Perique. Soft ribbon cut, almost a shag. Perfect moisture in tin.

Lots of soft thick smoke, no bite, easy to light, burns steady, no relights needed. Virginias are slightly sweet, Latakia and Perique provide nice hits in this complex blend but predominate flavor is Virginia and Burley.

Complex blend. Rich flavor with medium strenth, nic is medium plus but not overwhelming.

Thick smoke leaves a pleasing coating in mouth, allowing the complex to linger a while after a smoke. Very agreeable.

This blend is part of a 7 different mixtures reissue by G.L Pease. One note, tins are sold only in 100 and 200 gram tins. Thanks to G.L. Pease for bringing back this historical blend. A must try for the seasoned smoker.

Smoked in Erik Nording Zulu

Pipe Used: Erik Nordin Zulu

6 people found this review helpful.

Voyaging Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Voyaging (80)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Tolerable

I have never had the original Inns of Court. This review is of the version blended by G.L. Pease.

The tin note is grassy, a little sweet and fermented and bready, slightly earthy like soil, salty, musty.

This starts off with some cane sugar sweetness, and fruity and plummy. I find it wine-like and tangy. I get the Perique right away with the fermented sultana fruit notes. There are some sourish notes like plum skin, and even some fig sweetness. There are some malty, molasses, cinnamon, bready, creamy notes, both sweet and salty cocoa notes, and sometimes a nutty taste. The flavor reminded me a little of G.L. Pease Cumberland or Telegraph Hill, both which I love. The Latakia seems to help round out the mixture. I don't really notice it often. The end gets slightly nutty and earthy and the sweetness has mostly gone.

This blend really grew on me and now I love it any time of day. Starts off like wine and finishes like smokey and nutty coffee with the occasional leather note. I would highly recommend it. It is accessible, and the price is fair. That's another plus for this blend. I originally rated it three stars, but upgrading to four now on 8/22/2019. I'm looking forward to other blends from the line. I really like Blairgowrie as well.

Pipe Used: lovat,billiard,canadian,bent apple,bent brandy

Age When Smoked: a few months

Purchased From:

Similar Blends: G.L. Pease Telegraph Hill.

5 people found this review helpful.

Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (117)
Strong Extremely Mild Mild Tolerable

A fine ribbon cut blend of predominately virgina with a significant but lesser amount of burley forming the base. The condimental leaf is sporadic which is one of it's deficiencies. Most of the time the base tobaccos are the only thing coming through. The other issue on a personal note is the nicotine is rather high. I haven't had a lingering dose like this in some time. No doubt the natural burleys are obliging in that regard. But, these burleys are no way as harsh and acrid as is the case with other C&D made blends and melds with the virginias giving a characteristic tin aroma but they do add body and soften the smoke on the pallatte, no bite. Whatever the processing and minor casing to the blend seems first rate. I was also impressed that the perique wasn't the all too common super fruity-super cased variety that clashes with latakia, IMO. The perique wasn't immediately noticeable when the tin was first opened but after a couple of weeks it seem to be making it's faint scent more known. The latakia just barely contours the blend with it's smoky and earthy scent with an edge over the perique. One mostly gets a light flavor from the straight forward, round and slightly toasty smoke from the base. About half way down the bowl a very mild lemon rind and almost light spice developed that lasted until the end. I'm impressed with the quality but I'm giving it a conditional 2 stars due to it's higher nicotine that many might have an issue with and that there isn't quite enough condimental leaf for balanced character as a supposedly "light" english blend.

5 people found this review helpful.

TotoPipeDreams Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
TotoPipeDreams (44)
Strong None Detected Very Full Tolerable

This is a crowd pleaser. If you’re a burley fan you’ll love the rich, earthy body of this blend even if you don’t like Latakia. It’s the faintly noticeable pinch of Latakia that will keep English fans entertained and searching for that whisper of smoky goodness. Heavier in nicotine and pure tobacco flavor, Inns of Court is an exemplary “American” style blend. For fans of C&D Epiphany: this is what Epiphany wants to be when it grows up.

Similar Blends: C&D Epiphany.

4 people found this review helpful.

King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (228)
Mild to Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

For those of us who have smoked a few of these light Drucquer Englishes, I will say that its stronger than Trafalgar but weaker than Prince's Blend. For those of us who haven't, its an interesting but weaker form of English. The tin appearance is more of a uniform golden brown than other Drucquer blends I have opened recently and is cut into a typical narrow ribbon. Combine the color range with the narrow cut and you arrive at what might be a cigarette rolling tobacco. The old Drucquer catalog that I have describes Inns of Court as "A light blend to suit many palates". This is how I felt about the old Balkan Sobranie Mixture and I rolled some of it into cigarettes in college. Mostly I smoked it in a pipe. The flavor profile is interesting and affected positively by the addition of both Burley and Black Cavendish tobaccos. My problem with this blend is that its just too weak to satisfy me on an on-going basis and always leaves me wanting more. I rate this blend as three stars and recommend it to the reader and, if I want to roll a cigarette, this is my choice.

Pipe Used: Northern Briars Sea Urchin

Age When Smoked: two years old

Purchased From: an Ebay seller

Similar Blends: This blend is like a milder version of the old Balkan Sobranie Mixture.

4 people found this review helpful.

LannarkGent Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
LannarkGent (145)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

How does one describe this blend ? I would describe this as a uniquely American style of tobacco. The brown and white burleys along with the cavendish supply a delightfully dancing base of toasted nuttiness. An occasional cocoa note comes drifting through, with more persistence towards the end of the bowl. The red Virginias are slightly sweet, adding a touch of fig and molasses that persist when the bowl is warm. A slight touch of subtle spiciness is also always present.. The bright Virginias add a touch of citrus. Excellent burning, I have experienced no relights as I smoke this blend. I have shared roughly half of my 200 gram tin with experienced smokers of the Furniture City Pipe Society and they have all loved it. The only potential downside to this blend might be that the bright Virginia might be a little too pronounced at the beginning of the bowl if the blend gets a little dry, as my tin became at the halfway mark with the numerous times it was open and even that disappears when the bowl is properly warmed. By adding a half of teaspoon of distilled water and letting the. tin set sealed for a while resolved that extremely minor burble. Bowl after bowl the pleasure remains. This blend is very highly recommended by me and I would consider this my blend of choice if it was the only thing I could ever smoke. Treat your self to a delight that should not be missed and try this blend today

Pipe Used: Savinelli Hercules, cayuga danish style

Age When Smoked: 9 months

Purchased From: Smoking pipes

4 people found this review helpful.

Fumatore Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Fumatore (49)
Medium None Detected Medium Pleasant

This blend is magnificent. My preferred smoke for the first pipe of the day and will satisfy most as an all-day blend. I have to confess that I love English blends but later in life I have found that my mouth doesn’t do well with too much oriental tobacco in the blends. I have searched for blends more toward the American/English side to fill in the gaps from my favorites, the cigar leaf blends. A couple of things that stand out to me about this blend is the masterful touch of either using high quality Burleys, or those Burleys in perfect proportions, to capture an amazing nut like taste. I don’t taste much of the black Cavendish, but there is a nice underneath sweetness (perhaps the combination of the Virginias and Perique). And the Perique adds a nice spicy taste. As a Latakia lover I am kind of shocked at how much I like this blend with so little of it in there. You owe it to yourself to try this one.

3 people found this review helpful.

JaWiBr Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JaWiBr (433)
Mild to Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Tin note of tart Rasins, sour sweet, and mild smoky. Tobacco is a Ribbon cut of a yellowish tan and brown with a few bits of black. Moisture content is great. Burns moderate with few relights. The strength is mild to medium and nic is mild to medium. No flavoring detected. Taste is mild to medium and very consistent, with notes of fermented vegetation, very woody, molasses, Rasin, cocoa, very earthy, brown sugar, leather, spices, bread, floral, savory, sweet grass, tangy citrus, acidic/spicy, a sweet nutty background note, and a moderately peppery retro. Burley is leading with Virginia, Cavendish and Perique supporting. Latakia is supporting from the cheap seats. Room note is pleasant, and aftertaste is good.

Pipe Used: 2016 Northern Briars Premier Rox Cut #4 Prince

Age When Smoked: 4 years

Purchased From:

2 people found this review helpful.

leaftime Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
leaftime (9)
Mild Mild Mild Pleasant

Reviewers bring some perspective and baggage, but when made explicit it can help the review by focusing on what might be different about the tobacco. My perspective is from the land of the English/Oriental. My baggage is that I have usually found blends that are heavily burleys or "American" either insipid or too "nutty" (though not like any nut I have ever eaten). So my expectations were not high. What a pleasant surprise! Though there are five different ingredients, the blend has achieved PERFECT balance. The result is extremely pleasant taste and smell with absolutely no need to search for a hint of this or that component. I view it as a mild all-day or any-time blend. And I expect that people having different perspectives and baggage would agree. A terrific change of pace however fast or slow you are running.

Age When Smoked: fresh

2 people found this review helpful.

PatrickBarkman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
PatrickBarkman (7)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

Nutty, sweet, and spicy. To my mind, it’s a less citrusy/sweet Stratford, and a less perique heavy Bayou morning. My second favorite of the D&S offerings, right after Blairgowrie.

Pipe Used: Nording bent Bulldog

Age When Smoked: A few months

Purchased From: SmokingPipes

1 person found this review helpful.

SSJOH Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
SSJOH (16)
Mild None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant

As a legal scholar, I wanted this to be a good blend, and it didn't disappoint. The Burley and Cavendish definitely take charge in this blend, with a fainter note of smoky Latakia interacting with the spicy fruit of Perique at the end of the flavor arc for an aftertaste almost reminiscent of barbecue. The most prominent flavors are from the nutty and earthy Burley, with enough Virginia influence to create a faintly bready flavor. Light, smooth, flavorful; a good all-day sort of smoke.

Pipe Used: Hanseatic Churchwarden

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