About Russ

Russ Ouellette is the blender/creator of the Hearth & Home series of tobaccos for www.pipesandcigars.com 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 russo@pipesandcigars.com or by calling 1-800-494-9144.

Savinelli St. Nicholas pipes @ PipesandCigars.com

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Just a quick note for Savinelli fans – The 2014 St. Nicholas pipes have landed and are available for sale at P&C. These dark rusticated pipes have a special green and red trim ring, as a tribute to Santa. Our supply is limited, so grab yours while they’re here.

Holiday Gift Thoughts

Before we know it, we’ll be caught up in the flurry of activity that is the holiday shopping season. Some of us have already made our lists and possibly even begun shopping. Others, like me, will probably be scrambling on Christmas Eve to get those last few items. When I was a kid, lots of […]

A Rose by Any Other Name…

In my line of work, there are a number of things that can be really frustrating – bad crop years, orders not arriving on time, endless meetings, etc. But in the subjective realm of pipes and cigars, a frequent area of consternation is terminology. If I were to ask you for a can of Coke, […]

My Cup Overflows

If you’re anything like me, you’re much happier when you’re busy. The day flies by, and you can really enjoy whatever you do for recreation and relaxation when the day is through. This job has always kept me hopping, but the last year has seen that increase immensely and I couldn’t be happier. Up until […]

Our Mistake, Your Gain!

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Every so often, we screw up. Well, maybe more frequently than that, but we’re human. What you don’t see very often, though, is when a company acknowledges the error and encourages people to take advantage of it, but that’s what I’m doing today for those of you who have been kind enough to follow our […]

Delivering the Goods

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Our name is PipesandCigars.com, but we’re probably better known for the incredible selection of products we carry on the pipe side of the business, along with the low prices and frequent bargains we offer. We recently realized that we haven’t paid enough attention to the cigar side, so, of course, I opened my stupid mouth […]

Taking One (or Many) for the Team

When I go to a pipe show, or when I get emails and phone calls, a common comment is “You have a great job, getting to try all the new tobaccos and cigars.” I most definitely agree with the first part of that statement, but as to the second part…well, it depends. The department to […]

Pipe Tobacco and Big Business

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We were talking here recently about why smaller boutique brands have been thriving in the pipe tobacco category while some of the mass-market brands are stagnant or declining, and one reason seems readily apparent. For boutique manufacturers and larger companies who make pipe tobacco and little else, pipe tobacco is very important to their survival. […]

Two Sides of the Same Coin

So far, I’ve made five pipe blends that contain some cigar leaf. I use it for two reasons- like Maryland, it can help the burning qualities of a too-slow-smoking mixture, and it increases the amount and density of the smoke itself. The most recent was Virginia Memory No. 10 from the Hearth & Home Marquee […]

What Do I Do?

After today, I’ll be on vacation until next Monday. This is the first time in a few years that I have taken this much time off in one block, except for the period following my surgery, and maybe that’s why I’m not looking forward to this quite as much as I should. While I was […]