My First Ounce of EGR Reviewed

User avatar
Whalehead King
Raconteur Extraordinaire
Posts: 1160
Joined: Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:20 am

Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:09 pm

I haven't even finished my first ounce of Edward G. Robinson but I've got a solid opinion that I doubt is going to change when I finally finish the last quarter of the ounce.

I'm not against the Edward G. Robinson tobacco the way I'm not against Edward G. Robinson the actor. I like both EGRs.

EGR, the actor, was no Cagney and he was no Bogart, but EGR always delivered a solid and interesting performance. He was a professional.

EGR, the tobacco, is the same. It is reliable to deliver something just different enough, consistently, time and again.

I know both the actor and the tobacco have their fervent admirers. I'm coming up kinda luke warm on the tobacco. You want my score on a scale of 1-10?

EGR, the Actor: 8. He's got limited range but he knows how to deploy his range to get just about any demand done. Always entertains. A master of comic timing, tough guy smarts, a thick skin, and dramatic persona, EGR the actor never disappoints, from his first movie to his last picture.

EGR, the Tobacco: 6. It's got limited range and it gets the job done, i.e. it burns down to ash, but this tobacco doesn't do anything more than read its lines as directed. This tobacco is not as expressive as it's namesake. EGR, the man, smoked this tobacco blend. He had it specially mixed by his personal tobacconist. This is that recipe. It's fine. Me, I like my own favorite daily blend. This was EGR's. God bless him.

EGR the tobacco is a gem of a historical artifact. There aren't going to be any more blends of pipe tobacco named after movie actors any time soon. The Golden Age of Hollywood is over. Try this one out while you can. It's got good reliable flavor. After the first third, a bowl it's predictable----but there will be two more engaging acts to go after that!

EGR is better than average but one ounce is enough for this mug.
This post by Whalehead King liked by (total 7):
Bruyere_RoyaleMiddle EarthMikeDennisonRonv69Fr_TomavidKevin Keith
I run a small hotel in New Orleans. It's in Louisiana, in case you're thinking of another New Orleans I've never heard of.
User avatar
Middle Earth
Member in Good Standing
Posts: 504
Joined: Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:03 pm
Location: Middle Earth

Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:07 pm

I think you nailed it on the tobacco part
The acting part is pretty much like the tobacco part
This post by Middle Earth liked by (total 5):
MikeDennisonRonv69Bruyere_RoyaleFr_TomWhalehead King
User avatar
Ronv69
Founding Member
Posts: 163
Joined: Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:14 pm

Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:13 pm

It's OK, but I don't care for any blend flavored with wine.
This post by Ronv69 liked by (total 4):
MikeDennisonBruyere_RoyaleFr_TomWhalehead King
User avatar
MikeDennison
Senior Member
Posts: 2020
Joined: Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:18 pm

Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:21 pm

I like the stuff... especially on the porch on an autumn night, when the air is crisp and cool.
This post by MikeDennison liked by (total 3):
Ronv69Bruyere_RoyaleWhalehead King
"I realized I had the gift of seeming to know more than I actually did." -A.J. Cronin-
User avatar
Ruffinogold
The Mayor
Posts: 1802
Joined: Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:48 pm
Location: Mineral Bluff , Georgia

Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:17 am

I'm with you . It's crazy how there is a bazillion blends that are good and egr is one of them . The flavoring is different and theres probably people that love that flavor .
This post by Ruffinogold liked by (total 4):
Fr_TomRonv69MikeDennisonWhalehead King
" Ya don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows "
User avatar
Fr_Tom
Chaplain
Posts: 8843
Joined: Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:44 pm
Location: Diocese of Northern Indiana

Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:29 am

I have smoked probably 4 oz total of EGR. It is OK, and I would smoke it all day if it were all I had. It is not all I have, and it is more expensive than things I like more.
This post by Fr_Tom liked by (total 4):
Ronv69MikeDennisonWhalehead KingFlyfish Falls
"Prov'dence don't fire no blank ca'tridges, boys" Roughing It, Mark Twain

Old Ted Award - 2017
User avatar
Bruyere_Royale
Founding Member
Posts: 2986
Joined: Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:27 pm
Location: Pine Barrens

Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:43 am

MikeDennison wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:21 pm
I like the stuff... especially on the porch on an autumn night, when the air is crisp and cool.
I'm with you, Mike. I like the stuff.
This post by Bruyere_Royale liked by (total 3):
Fr_TomMikeDennisonWhalehead King
Tsal... 🎳 A Zesty flavorful adventure in pipe smoking...
Image
User avatar
avid
Senior Member
Posts: 1331
Joined: Mon May 07, 2018 1:01 pm

Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:47 am

got a little bit left and have no plans to replace it, use it for a change of pace, same as the Vintage Syrian I sample now and again...OK, i guess, not a go-to
This post by avid liked by (total 4):
Fr_TomMikeDennisonWhalehead KingFlyfish Falls
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
insufferable filter guy
User avatar
Whalehead King
Raconteur Extraordinaire
Posts: 1160
Joined: Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:20 am

Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:15 pm

If a friend asked me over to her house to spend 90 minutes watching an old EGR movie, I'd be in. EGR lends a layer of panache to a movie. Plus, there are other actors and the plot is guaranteed to be moving along briskly. Every EGR performance is a study in the art of professional acting.

If a friend asked me over to her house to spend 90 minutes smoking a pipe packed with EGR, I'd take a raincheck. The tobacco is good, don't get me wrong, but, when it is the focus of a 90 minute smoke, there isn't a lot of variety in that show. I don't think anyone calls this blend a real dottle-milker. EGR blend performs but a little of this goes a long way.

Now, I enjoy smoking SWRA, a tobacco flavored with Dutch Liqueur vs. wind, and SWRA provides a consistent smoke. I find that SWRA has more personality than EGR. If anyone wants to debate whether SWR, himself, had more personality than EGR, himself, we can, but that will be another thread.

EGR's reputation in the tobacco world is bigger than it may otherwise be if more people tried it. SWRA's reputation in the tobacco world is smaller than it should obviously be if more people tried it. Regular SWR has the right reputation. It is what it is. EGR is what it is, too. EGR is a somewhat aromatic pipe tobacco with a picture of Edward G. Robinson on the label. It was the great man's favorite smoke. EGR tobacco isn't bad. I'm not saying that. It's fine.

This isn't my favorite blend by a long shot. After all the hoopla, I expected a bit more. It would make an excellent desert island tobacco. I will give it that. I someday may buy a whole tub EGR, even, in preparation of my being marooned.
Last edited by Whalehead King on Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:21 pm, edited 1 time in total.
This post by Whalehead King liked by (total 5):
Fr_TomMikeDennisonBruyere_RoyaleRonv69Middle Earth
I run a small hotel in New Orleans. It's in Louisiana, in case you're thinking of another New Orleans I've never heard of.
User avatar
Whalehead King
Raconteur Extraordinaire
Posts: 1160
Joined: Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:20 am

Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:16 pm

Fr_Tom wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:29 am
.... it is more expensive than things I like more.
Well, you can say that about a lot of things. I know I do. ;)
This post by Whalehead King liked by (total 4):
Fr_TomMikeDennisonBruyere_RoyaleRonv69
I run a small hotel in New Orleans. It's in Louisiana, in case you're thinking of another New Orleans I've never heard of.
Post Reply