Connoisseur Pickwick

Ed Burak described this tobacco as containing, in descending order of weight, Virginia, Turkish, Latakia, and Perique.
Notes: Readers should note that this blend, along with Turkish Black and Scottish Ribbon are the only three blends listed under "Connoisseur" that are from the Connoisseur Smoke Shop in Manhattan.


Brand Connoisseur
Series English
Blended By  
Manufactured By unknown
Blend Type English
Contents Latakia, Oriental/Turkish, Perique, Virginia
Cut Ribbon
Packaging Bulk
Country Unknown
Production No longer in production


Extremely Mild -> Overwhelming
None Detected
None Detected -> Extra Strong
Room Note
Very Pleasant
Unnoticeable -> Overwhelming
Medium to Full
Extremely Mild (Flat) -> Overwhelming

Average Rating

4.00 / 4





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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Dec 03, 2017 Medium None Detected Medium to Full Very Pleasant
I've been smoking Pickwick for many years, one of my VVF's and I've stockpiled a couple of pounds. Smoked some from 2009 recently. Smooth and delicious. The composition, told to me by Burak is Virginia, Turkish, Latakia and Perique, in that order. (Turkish Black reverses the order of the Virginia and the Turkish.)
Pipe Used: many different over the years
PurchasedFrom: Connoisseur Shop
Age When Smoked: 8 years
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Jan 27, 2017 Medium None Detected Medium Very Pleasant
The now retired owner of the Connoisseur Pipe Shop in New York City designed beautiful (and often, very expensive), smoking pipes for over 40 years. He also was noted for coming up with a few of his own outstanding pipe tobacco blends. I am not sure who produced them for Ed, but they were good and to me, Pickwick was the best of the bunch. Heavy on the Virginia of exceptional quality and somewhat sparingly the use of Latakia and Perique provided a great smoking experience that was similar to nothing that I can think of. Unique and tasty. If anybody jarred up some of this and wants a quick sale, you know where to find me!
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Reviewed By Date Rating Strength Flavoring Taste Room Note
Jan 11, 2017 Medium to Strong None Detected Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable
Recommended to me, after Turkish Black or Cavendish no. 2, by Andy, former gifted store manager. Mostly a stoved Virginia ribbon blend, with enough condimentals to be meaningful. It's been a decade since I smoked it last and I still remember it. Now long gone but not forgotten.

Back then I though this looked like a mostly black Cavendish blend, but no. Cool and rich. Deep, dark tasting (the stoved), mysterious (the orientals), and oozing with sensational flavor (the Perique combo?). I remember being in a zone many a time after I broke in a Connoisseur pipe with this fantastic stuff.

I ordered a pipe many years ago from Robert Waugel (sp?; showcased in P&T in 90's I believe), the pipe-maker, who coincidentally said he enjoyed this blend a lot too, though it became too mild for him with his heavier Latakia tastes.

I've smoked other stoved Virginia blends that are nice since, but none are as enticing or the equal of this IMO.

A couple of similar blends still exist, but not as rich as this.
Pipe Used: Connoisseur Sherlock/full bent, of course
PurchasedFrom: Connoisseur in 90's
Age When Smoked: new bags
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