The Neverending Quest

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 […]

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 […]

When Pipes Meet Cigars

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 […]

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 […]

How Do You Cut?

There are so many ways to cut a cigar, and each one has its advantages. Let’s take a look at the different types of cutters and what they do best. Guillotines- This category includes single guillotines (uncommon today), double guillotines and “butterfly” style cutters. The biggest advantage to these types of cutter is that they […]

Some Thoughts About Cigars

One of the problems with having a busy mind is the ongoing flood of random thoughts. I wish that I had the discipline to write them all down, but I would probably wind up with carpal tunnel syndrome if I did. I’ve had a number of thoughts lately about cigars, so I’m just going to […]

About Pipes and Tobaccos

When I first decided to bring pipes and pipe tobacco into my retail store, I had no idea just how many products were on the market. Fortunately, I had manufacturers’ reps who were very helpful and patient, and they helped me to understand the importance of variety to pipe smokers. Up to that point, I […]

A Look at the Lighter Side

I’ll bet that, based on the title, you’re expecting a humorous post. While I may have a few amusing things to say, this is all about pipe and cigar lighters. Matches are still the best way to light a pipe or cigar, because the lower combustion temperature helps the flavor, but matches are damned impractical. […]

5 Things The Cigar Manufacturers Don’t Want You To Know!

Some of your cigars might need some aging after purchase to achieve optimum flavors Obviously sitting on product can get expensive, and additionally, when a brand is popular there is a lot of pressure on the manufacturer’s to get them on the shelf as quickly as possible. However, sometimes tobacco needs to age for extended […]

Jumping on the Band Wagon

My father smoked both pipes and cigarettes. On occasion, he would also have a cigar, usually machine-mades. I don’t remember him ever enjoying a hand-rolled cigar. When I was still too young to attend school, he would take the band off his stogie and give it to me. I felt like a big deal because I […]