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.

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 […]

The Neverending Quest

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I haven’t been writing quite as much for TalkingTobacco.com for the last couple of weeks, and the reason is because I’ve been scouring the world to find new and interesting tobaccos for my upcoming blends. Okay, that’s a lie. I don’t have to travel that much because I’m lucky enough to have people who let […]

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 […]

Innovation

When I started working for PipesandCigars.com a little over ten years ago, I was asked to put together a few tobacco blends to see if people would want to buy them. The result was the beginning of our Hearth & Home line, which has grown far bigger than I would have ever expected. Many of […]

Part Rant, Part Announcement

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It’s been widely reported that earlier this year CVS Pharmacy caved in to the pressure by anti-smoking zealots and announced that they would stop selling all tobacco products by October 2014. The actually were ahead of schedule, having beaten their self-imposed deadline by a few weeks. They mentioned that they believed that tobacco doesn’t fit […]

Putting Things in Perspective

Things are really busy here at PipesandCigars.com. Thanks to you, our customers, we’re having a record-setting year, but along with sending out all those packages, we have to reorder, prepare catalogs, make deals for specials…well, you get the idea. In addition to all that, we’ll be bringing out more than 50 new products that we’ve […]

Talking About – Burley

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This is the first entry in a little series I’ll be writing abut the different strains of tobaccos commonly used in making pipe blends. Why am I starting with Burley? To start with, it’s used in just about every form of tobacco use – pipes, cigars, cigarettes, chew, snuff and snus. Moreover, from what I […]

Enjoying the Great Outdoors

Labor Day has just passed, and that means that the sun will be setting earlier, the evenings will become a bit chilly, but the daytime will be just about perfect for being outdoors. It’s still warm enough not to need a sweater or jacket, but it’s usually not brutally hot. Of course, as I write […]

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 […]