Pipe

Watch City Cigar Simply Orange

Orange Virginia is the forgotten middle child of the Virginia pipe tobacco landscape. I mean that quite literally. For a flue-cured Virginia, that is, dried by indirect heat over a handful of days, there will be a gradation of color from the base to the top, which is due to the variation of chemical compounds…

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Cornell and Diehl’s Innismouth

In the last decade HP Lovecraft has had a revival. Once relegated to the black fingernail polish set, now even your mom and maybe your baby is passingly familiar with Cthulhu and the concept of the Eldritch horror. And maybe why the person behind the expansive literary exploration of dread is not to be celebrated….

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Sutliff Cringle Flake 2021

We are in the midst of a surge of craft spirits. There’s a pretty clear pattern established, with most new distilleries starting with vodka, moving to gin, then maybe throwing some raw ethanol into an oak barrel, praying something drinkable comes out the other side a few years later. Assuming the distiller is successful, this…

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Daughter’s and Ryan Two Timer

There two things you can’t evade, death, taxes, and worn out adages. Three things then. But at least with tobacco you can try to avoid them. One common ploy in the tobacco business is to take cigarette tobacco, scratch out cigarette, slap pipe on there, and avoid paying the revenue man his share. If you find yourself…

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Astley’s No. 44 Dark Virginia Flake

Tinkering with your pipe tobacco is something that occurs naturally for pipe smokers. You begin with thinking that two of your tobaccos might taste better together than apart. You build or buy a press to turn your ribbon into cake. Maybe you start burping your  jars of Virginia when you hear it speeds up the…

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Pipe Tobacco Review: Ashton’s Artisan’s Blend

Longtime readers know that this time of year, like many pipe smokers, I’ll dig through my cellar to find the smokiest blend I haven’t yet reviewed, smoke it all winter, and drop a review once the snow starts melting. Ashton Artisan’s blend is a highly regarded heavy Latakia English blend. It gets spoken in the…

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Pipe Tobacco Review: MacBaren HH Old Dark Fired

Shemp. Pete Best. Benjamin Harrison. George Lazenby. Dark Fired Kentucky. What do these all in common?  Dark Fired Kentucky is the often forgotten pipe tobacco group. I’m guilty of it myself, I’ll list out the basic food groups Aromatic, Burley, English, and Virginia. Um, oh yeah, I guess Dark Fired. In part, this is because…

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GL Pease Key Largo

Enjoying Cigar Leaf in one’s pipe is more difficult than you would expect. Everyone’s first instinct is to deconstruct a cigar, load it into your pipe, and enjoy the creamy, heavy cigar smoke with all the convenience of pipe smoking. This isn’t going to be pleasant. The burn will be wonky and the taste will…

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Boswell’s Northwood

In the heyday of pipe smoking, around 1830-1970, pipe smoking was a local experience, dominated not by large national or international tobacco conglomerates, but by your local tobacconist. These stores would source single component tobaccos which would be blended in house to serve the customer’s needs. As smoking a pipe became less and less fashionable,…

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Tip Your Tobacconist – Here’s Why!

We have all received some sort of service at cigar lounges – excellent or otherwise. The below list provides some reasons why tipping your tobacconist is a trick you should try! 1. You Relied On Their Expertise Did your tobacconist help you find a great smoke today? Tip them! Did your tobacconist check in on…

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