Past Master

Real NamePete Normand
Joined2008-06
Last Visited2018-03
LocationTexas

Roots: Fifth generation Texan. Norwegian/Swedish, and French via Louisiana. Early years: Born in Texas. Reared in Fort Worth. Eagle Scout. College: Texas A&M University, Cadet Corps, Class of '71. Military Service: Former Air Force Officer, Vietnam service. Marital status: Married with two grown children. Favorite pasttime: Freemasonry (with emphasis on the "Free".) Other pasttimes: Book collecting. Former owner of a 38' Beneteau sailboat. Current owner of enough self-protection that I don't lie awake at night. Worst habits: Book collecting. Sailing. Favorite reminiscences: Duck hunting with my Dad. Favorite reading: History of western civilization. Kipling. Favorite fizzy beverage: Shiner Bock. Favorite foods: Prime Rib. Gumbo. Chili. Chicken Enchiladas. Favorite distillate: Ardbeg Single Malt Scottish Whisky (1.5 oz. neat). Other indulgences: Cigars. Sarcasm. Favorite quote: "The makers of our Constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness.... They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions, and their sensations. They conferred as against the government the right to be left alone -- the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men." - Justice Louis T. Brandeis (1928)

I've got about 50 different blends from about 18 different brands stashed away in various tins (some sealed) and zip-lock bags. I know, its crazy. But that's what comes of buying new tins to try and not being able to toss them out when I find that I don't like them. I just stash them away and try them again later, usually to find that I was right the first time. But, I've got an old refrigerator that makes a perfect humidor. So I've got the space to hold onto them. My favorites tend to be Peter Stokkebye blends. I like Virginia/Periques, and English blends heavy on the Latakia, usually during the wintertime. But I also like some of the MacClellands, and the Cornell & Diehl blends.

Badges

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

Reviews

20 reviews
34 helpful votes
4 star:
6 Strongly Recommended
3 star:
10 Recommended
2 star:
2 Somewhat Recommended
1 star:
2 Not Recommended

Preferences: Perique 3.6, Virginia 3.4, Black Cavendish 3.2

Date Blend Reviews Helpful Rating Avg Rating
2018-03-17 Peter Stokkebye - Optimum (No.31) 49 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.3
2018-03-17 Peter Stokkebye - Cube Cut 86 3 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.1
2015-11-01 Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. - Best Brown #2 77 2 ★☆☆☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2012-11-15 McClelland - No. 2010 Classic Virginia 72 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.1
2008-06-18 Dan Tobacco - The Malthouse 16 0 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.5
2008-06-18 Wessex - Brown Virginia Flake 23 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.2
2008-06-14 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Bullseye Flake (No. 403) 282 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.3
2008-06-14 McClelland - No. 2015 Virginia Perique Flake 171 7 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.4
2008-06-11 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Curly Cut 24 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.8
2008-06-11 Peter Stokkebye - Highland Whiskey (No.38) 33 1 ★★☆☆ ★★★☆ 2.7
2008-06-11 Robert McConnell - Black Parrot 36 0 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2008-06-11 Ashton - Celebrated Sovereign 31 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.3
2008-06-11 Ashton - Old Dog 31 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.0
2008-06-11 Robert McConnell - Old London Pebble Cut 40 1 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 3.3
2008-06-10 Esoterica Tobacciana - Penzance 458 1 ★★★★ ★★★★ 3.5
2008-06-10 Mac Baren - Mixture: Scottish Blend 369 2 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 2.9
2008-06-10 McClelland - Arcadia (221b Series) 117 1 ★★★☆ ★★★☆ 3.0
2008-06-10 McClelland - No. 2000 Fragrant Matured Cake 48 2 ★★★☆ ★★★★ 2.9
2008-06-10 Peter Stokkebye - Luxury Navy Flake 252 3 ★★★★ ★★★☆ 3.2
2008-06-10 Peter Stokkebye - Golden Dawn 9 2 ★☆☆☆ ★☆☆☆ 1.3