Sherlock Holmes as a Pipe Smoker – Book Review

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I was recently sent a copy of a new book, Sherlock Holmes as a Pipe Smoker, by its author Dr. Thomas Gwinner. Since Sherlockiana is one of my hobbies, I was intrigued by the subject as much has been made about the references to pipes, tobaccos, cigars and cigarettes in the Canon. What made this […]

Cigar Review – New Release – La Perla Habana 1515

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At PipesandCigars.com, we’ve proudly carried La Perla Habana for a long time. Even though my tastes run to big, bold cigars, I’ve really enjoyed La Perla Habana Morado, with a Cameroon wrapper, and Black Pearl, a satisfying maduro. One thing that Doug Wood, the creator of LPH, has is a sense of history, and last […]

Poker Night with a Smoking Monk

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Thursday night. For some Friday is the night they can’t wait to arrive, but for me its Thursday. Thursday is my night to let my inner caveman loose. Too be a rude, crude, ridiculous man in the company of other ridiculous men in all their juvenile glory. Thursday is Poker Night. I have a great […]

Fine Pipes by Gubbels

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Today I’d like to talk about pipes. I not only love to smoke and collect them, but love the romance and the history .  I appreciate the tradition of it all, from the cultivation of tobacco and the use of clay pipes , the development of corn cobs, the long usage of meerschaum , to the […]

Pipe Tobacco Review – Mac Baren HH Bold Kentucky

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Now this review I’m excited about. I’ve been privy to a sample for the last two weeks and finally the day has arrived for its release. I’m talking about the new Mac Baren’s  HH Bold Kentucky.  Like it’s older brother, Old Dark Fired, but turned up a notch, or two. I’ve paired this wonderful flake […]

Cigar Review – Diesel Uncut

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Since I prefer full-bodied cigars, it was a no-brainer for me to grab some of the new Diesel Uncut Toros when they hit our shelves. Pretty much anything that comes out of A.J. Fernandez’ factory in Esteli, Nicaragua trips my trigger, so I looked forward to opening the paper-wrapped mazo of ten 6.5 x52 cigars. […]

Pipe Tobacco Review – Mac Baren HH Old Dark Fired

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Next up I’d like to talk about another Mac Baren’s tobacco – HH Old Dark Fired.  Stepping away from my usual genre  of Virginia/Perique, I also enjoy many other flake tobaccos.  Bold and full bodied, I’ve enjoyed Dark Fired since its release.  Upon opening, you’re presented with beautiful,  dark chocolate -colored flakes, moist and pliable.  The full, […]

Pipe Tobacco Review – Hearth & Home Marquee El Nino

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A few weeks ago, when I started working with the P&C team, Russ knew my fondness of strong bold flavors and leaf, so he handed me a tin of Hearth & Home’s El Nino. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I  selected an Argo Rhodesian to test this blend in. The tin aroma was sweet with […]

Cigar Review – East India Trading Company Hudson Bay

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People who know me and are familiar with my tastes in cigars know that I lean toward full-bodied sticks, but that’s not always the case. I can enjoy a broad spectrum of flavor profiles, but the one area that usually falls flat for me are the dead medium-bodied smokes. I don’t know why that is, […]

Pipe Tobacco Review – Mac Baren HH Acadian Perique

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At this sitting I am tasting a Virginia/Perique offering from Mac Baren, Acadian Perique. The tin smell is sweet, delicious. Loaded in a trusty Stanwell #240 Featherweight the pre-light draw is deep and sweet.  At first light the sweetness  and  depth is there with an additional citrus note, which I suspect is the Oriental leaf […]