When it comes to a Cooke briar, this is the main meal; unlike most pipemakers, it's his sandblasts that occupy the heights of his pricing spectrum. This is, of course, because they are the ones collectors most desire, and for no small reason. J.T. Cooke puts a lot of time and effort into bringing out the grain of each to its fullest depth and definition, and the payoff most certainly shows here.
- Eric N. Squires