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 […]

Paolo Becker

We have just learned of the passing of Paolo Becker. Both Russ and I have spent time with Paolo over the years, he was a fixture at many pipe shows and was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. I remember having many nice conversations with Paolo during the Chicago pipe shows we both attended. […]

Happy Thanksgiving (and I want a new pipe for Christmas)

I just wanted to take a moment and wish all of our readers a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday because it involves food, family and football. We appreciate all of our readers of Talking Tobacco and we look forward to bringing you more musings from the Pipes and Cigars staff. We have a […]


Have you ever sat by your mailbox and waited for a tobacco or cigar order? I know I have done this way too many times than I would like to admit. I have ordered cigars before and if I did not receive a tracking number, I would start checking the mailbox after about two days. Then I would check […]

Could You Smoke Only One Blend?

If you could only smoke one pipe tobacco, what would it be? I do not think I can answer that question because I enjoy too many blends. I started smoking English blends and I stuck with them for years. There was a time when I thought I found the blend that I would smoke forever. It […]

A Quick Comment

I have smoked two of the blends Russ created using the cigar leaf,and let me tell you,they are wonderful. It was a sight to see Russ hand cutting the first batch with his pocket knife. He first tried to cut the leaf with an old coffee grinder but that did not work, he gave up […]

What is your opinion on Lakelands?

Every few months I go through a period of smoking Lakeland tobaccos. For those that do not know, Lakeland tobaccos have flavorings that can range from rose to geranium to Tonkin and are applied to top quality leaf. They have a particular taste to them that people either love or hate. I dip my toe in […]

The Joys of Estate Pipes

I am not ashamed to admit that a lot of my pipe collection consists of estate pipes. When I first started smoking a pipe in college I had no money and at that time I was buying and smoking a lot of cigars. The shop I went to was mainly a cigar store but they had […]

My Morning

I just wanted to post a quick update on here to give everyone a little insight into a typical morning here at P&C. My day started off when the photography department asked me to come by and go through dozens of tobacco tins and rearrange them into some kind of cohesive order. I am not […]

The Neverending Quest

I haven’t been writing quite as much for 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 […]