I was priviledged to have a Dunhill pipe as one of my first pipes (given to me by my late father)...
Must say that I would recommend a Dunhill pipe ANY day... the briar is really matured and dry. Even the biggest group 6 or even larger "ODA" (and Magnums) are remarkably light for their size and will give you a nice and clean taste right from the first bowl.
The Dunhill mouthpieces are a chapter on their own... carved from solid vulcanite, they feel soft to the teeth and are super strong. You have also got to love the shape of Dunhill mouthpieces.. the way they taper evenly from the end where the tenon is to the other end where the lip is.
Apart from the briar being matured, light and dry, the (smooth/polished) Dunhill bowls are also 100 % free from artificial fillings... you might see an occasional "sandspot" in the wood but never any putty fillings.
Those pipes having flaws (holes) or are too off grain get sandblasted. Due to the dry wood and an aggressive "double sandblasting" technique, Dunhill sandblasted pipes are among my absolute favourites. They are SUPER ligth, tough and you don't have to polish them all the time. My fav at the moment are a Dunhill group 5 Tanshell Apple plus a group 4 Shell Army Mount... I normally smoke flake tobaccos in those two.
Anyway, you won't ever regret getting a Dunhill pipe, and if you take good care of it, it will last you a lifetime... my oldest Dunhill pipe dates back to 1912 and still smokes like a dream.