It’s hard to believe that I’ve been making Hearth & Home tobaccos for ten years now. It doesn’t seem possible, but more than 80 blends later, 2015 has arrived. About five years ago, I started investigating the possibility of adding a line of pipes to the Hearth & Home brand. Some pipes I found were very nice, but way too expensive for H&H. My vision of the brand has always been affordable quality, so a costly pipe wouldn’t fill the bill. I ran across some pipes that were priced right but were so unappealing that I wouldn’t own one, so I wouldn’t expect anyone else to buy one. So the concept got put on the back burner.
Last year, an American pipe maker approached us with a limited quantity of really high-grade pipes. They were large pipes and super light for their size. There were great-looking shapes, and the price was very reasonable. I asked about the possibility of having them stamped “Hearth & Home”, and I was told that it would be no problem, and now they’ve arrived. There are eight shapes, all of which have thick walls and generous chambers. The stems are comfortable and made of a rugged black acrylic that will never oxidize. When they showed up on our doorstep, I was pleased to see one of the finishing touches – besides the Hearth & Home name stamped on the shank, they also made a stamp with the H&H ampersand, so each stem bears a white &.
I grabbed one from the order, and although my preferences usually run toward smaller pipes, I really loved the Charatan-esque plateau-top Dublin that I chose. It smoked like a champ from the first bowl. I was very impressed at how light the pipe is considering its generous size. If you prefer a top-notch, large pipe at a super price, you’ll fall in love with a Hearth & Home Signature pipe.