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.

It’s All Worth It

I’m sitting here at my desk enjoying a cigar after sharing a toast to the birthday of one of our office mates. I was reflecting on how fortunate I am to be able to work and smoke at the same time. I meandered over to our Facebook page (I’m the administrator) and read the following […]

When Pipes Meet Cigars

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Many pipe smokers enjoy the occasional cigar, and I know of a number of cigar smokers who have a bowl of tobacco from time to time. We tend to think of them as very different things, but there’s a lot more overlap between them than one might think. There have been a bunch of pipe […]

An Old Tobacco Finds the Spotlight

There haven’t been new types of tobaccos on the pipe side of the business for a while. I don’t mean that there haven’t been new blends. I’m referring to types of leaf that go into the blends. The last one that comes to mind was the development of the main component of McClelland’s Royal Cajun […]

A Great Team

We’re at the end of Customer Appreciation Week for PipesandCigars.com. In 2013, we decided to thank our loyal customers by having a special sale on August 20th, which is six months from International Pipe Smoking Day. The response to that day was phenomenal.So, a couple of months ago, we had a meeting to discuss the […]

Pipe & Tobacco Trivia

As with just about any subject, there’s a lot of minutiae about pipes and pipe tobaccos. I’m a trivia nut, so I love collecting little details about the items I work with every day. I thought I’d share some with you. Did you know… …that meerschaum pipes pre-date briars by about 100 years? The first […]

Here We Go Again!

I can’t believe how quickly time passes. The year is zipping by, and when you have specific goals and deadlines, things seem to go even faster. I’m just looking at the calendar and I realized that we’re only about two weeks away from our next catalog landing in your mailboxes. That means that you’ve got […]

Fine Tuning

The last year and a half has been full of changes here at Pipes and Cigars.com. First, we had to physically move all our inventory and equipment to our new location, which was quite a task. Shortly thereafter, we realized that we wouldn’t be able to expand things the way we needed to with the […]

The Only Constant is Change

In a little over a week I’ll mark 10 years with Pipes and Cigars, and around 38 since I first worked as a tobacconist. In the span of nearly 40 years, I’ve seen great pipe brands wither and become shadows of their former selves, or disappear entirely. I would venture a guess and say that […]

There Are No Absolutes

Pipe smoking as a pastime is much more of an art than anything else. What I mean is that with something like mathematics, there are certainties, at least in practical everyday use.  Two plus two is four, and always will be. But in pipe smoking, very little, if anything, is universal. Why is this? The […]

Info and Review – What the Heck is Semois?

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If you’re a pipe enthusiast, you may have heard of Semois. An article was written about it in the New York Times, and it has only recently been imported into the US. We now have access to it on www.pipesandcigars.com, so I thought that I’d give you a little info about this intriguing tobacco. Semois […]