Starting a “Fire Storm”

  With the introduction of Russ Ouellette’s new line of tinned tobaccos this week I thought it would be a good time to post a review. I’ve been fortunate to be smoking this wonderful blend for the last two weeks.I’m a confirmed Virginia Perique lover so this tobacco excites me,  I am smoking it in […]

Introducing Argo

We’re releasing an exclusive new line of pipes, and our Thursday email will tell you all about them. These great smoking briars are called Argo. There are 5 classic shapes with tapered or saddle stems in comfortable black acrylic. They all feature free-breathing 4mm airways and are made in America of well-aged Italian briar. Starting at less […]

Glad to Be On Board

Good day all. What a wonderful ride this life is. Last year this time I would have never imagined I’d be involved and working with such a great pipes and tobacco team as this. Life long pipe smoker and since 1999 my affection for it lead me to pipe making. Throughout the day I mostly […]

Welcome Our Newest Staff Member

We’re really pleased to announce an addition to the P&C family. Dan Chlebove, the artisan behind Gabrieli Pipes has now joined our staff. His talents will help us immensely to bring you the best possible products. Help us in welcoming Dan into the fold.

A Friend Retires

This morning I received a phone call that I knew would come eventually, but I dreaded getting it. My good friend and colleague, Carl McAllister, the Master Blender and Quality Control Manager for Sutliff Tobacco Company is retiring as of the end of January. I had heard of Carl, but we had never met until […]

Born in the USA

Don’t get me wrong – I love pipes from Italy, Denmark, Japan and elsewhere. Some of my favorite tobaccos come from Europe. But I really prefer domestic products whenever possible. We’ve made an internal commitment to work hard in 2015 to promote and support American-made products as much as possible, and you’ll see this in […]

Pipe Engineering

On the surface, a pipe seems like it should be fairly simple to make properly if you have the right equipment, but it’s a lot more difficult than it seems. Just about every pipe enthusiast has had a real clunker of a pipe. Usually that means that the pipe smokes wet, smokes hot or just […]

We are busy at P&C

It feels like a lifetime ago that I posted anything on Talking Tobacco, but we have been seriously busy here. Looking at our white board I see multiple projects scheduled every month and new ones are added all the time. We had a meeting yesterday to prioritize what we have and the list is long. […]

Some Observations About Cigars

I have smoked a lot of cigars, and still do. Some of them I smoke for enjoyment, while others I smoke for evaluation purposes. As a tobacco blender, I think I’ve got a fairly keen palate, and a strong memory for flavors and aromas. A number of the cigars I’ve tried out to help us […]

The Little Brand That Could

Almost ten years ago, I was asked to make some blends for our pipe club to try. The feedback was so positive that we put them in jars and began to sell them in the store. They sold so well that we put them on the website, and Hearth & Home was born. The original […]