As the Year Winds Down…

vipratiIf it seems that I’ve been among the missing, it’s only because I’ve been involved with a lot of projects that have kept me very occupied. 2014, by far, will be the best year has ever had. We’ve undergone tremendous growth, and, of course, it’s all thanks to our valued customers. We’d like to think that we had a little to do with it, as well, because we’ve scoured the world, literally, to bring you outstanding buys on quality products. We’ve recently greatly expanded our selection of premium cigars, and we’re adding more every day. But just because we’ve had a great year doesn’t mean we’re going to rest on our laurels.

We just rolled out the newest entry to our Hearth & Home Marquee Series, called Viprati, named for our friend, the renowned Italian pipe maker, Luigi Viprati. It’s a rich Virginia/Perique blend with a special fire-cured tobacco added for depth. The people who sampled it prior to production loved it, and it even tastes better now that it’s had time in the tin.. But that’s only the first of more than forty new blends that we’ll be bringing your way before the end of 2015. Coming soon will be six economical blends in 14 oz. tubs for those who have been disappointed by the disappearance of some of their favorites, or have been scared off by rising prices. Early next year, we will introduce not one, but two new brands of pipes that will offer superlative quality without a big price tag. We will be adding to the popular Decatur Pipe Shield line of cleaning products with new items that will be top-notch, but with budget-friendly prices, and more new accessories are on the way.

You may have noticed that we were involved in helping bring Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky back to the US, and we’re working behind the scenes to try to resurrect more “retired” blends. We’re all looking forward to 2015 with great anticipation, and we hope that you’ll enjoy what’s coming your way.

About Russ

Russ Ouellette is the blender/creator of the Hearth & Home series of tobaccos for in Bethlehem, PA. He has been a pipe smoker and blender for over 30 years, and enjoys feedback from the pipe smoking public. You can reach Russ at or by calling 1-800-494-9144.