Pipe Tobacco Review: McClelland Stave-Aged 35 Virginia Ribbon

I don’t smoke a lot of pipe tobacco; I would definitely consider myself a cigar guy all around. Forgive me if this reads like a cigar review.  I do love English blends for some reason, and have shied away from the aromatics and VaPers, although I have tried a few I like and some that […]

UPCA and IPSD. Alphabet Soup, Anyone?

OMG, I need more MPG from my SUV, ASAP! We’ve become inundated with acronyms, and especially with text messaging shorthand, they’re becoming more pervasive by the day. There are two, however, that I enjoy talking about- UPCA (United Pipe Clubs of America) and IPSD (International Pipe Smoking Day), and since I’m the one writing this […]

The Origin of Blackhouse Pipe Tobacco

Since we were fortunate enough to win the Balkan Sobranie 759 Throwdown at the 2011 Chicagoland Pipe and Tobacciana Show, I’ve had a number of phone calls, emails and conversations about the contest, so this seems like a good place to write about it. I believe that it was early March of this year (maybe […]