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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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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (2587)
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.


28 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

19 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

16 people found this review helpful.

fr_tom Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
fr_tom (379)
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.

5 people found this review helpful.

James C. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
James C. (6)
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.

5 people found this review helpful.

HabaneroHardy Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
HabaneroHardy (255)
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

5 people found this review helpful.

Darth 69 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Darth 69 (115)
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.

4 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

4 people found this review helpful.

Voyaging Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Voyaging (66)
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.

2 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

2 people found this review helpful.

King Weed Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
King Weed (176)
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.

1 person found this review helpful.