Thoughts About Pipe Cleaners

The most overlooked accessory for pipe smokers is the humble pipe cleaner. Some of us are so good at overlooking them that they rarely use one and then wonder why their pipe tastes nasty. Pipe cleaners are not only useful, but they’re surprisingly versatile as well. There are quite a few different types of pipe […]

A Long Time Coming

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been making Hearth & Home tobaccos for ten years now. It doesn’t seem possible, but more than 80 blends later, 2015 has arrived. About five years ago, I started investigating the possibility of adding a line of pipes to the Hearth & Home brand. Some pipes I found were […]

Cigar Review – Man O’ War Immortal

I love the fact that I get to try all the new cigars when they come in. Now, granted, I don’t always enjoy each one, but I need to try them if I’m going to write copy for the website, so I savor the ones that are in my wheelhouse, and the ones that aren’t […]

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 […]

Review – Rockwell Binge Pipe Tool

Being part of the PipesandCigars.com team has been one of the most interesting and satisfying experiences of my life. I started off managing the retail store that was the parent of P&C, started blending and then became dedicated to the website. Now, besides blending new tobaccos, I now do quite a bit of the copywriting […]

Pipe Tobacco Review – Hearth & Home Mid-Town Series Chatham Manor by JimInks

If you frequent any of the pipe-related forums online, you probably are familiar with the handle JimInks. That’s the name used by Jim Amash, a comic book artist from New York. He’s able to smoke while working, so he has time to try a wide variety of tobaccos, and he’s got a very keen palate. […]

Taking One (or Many) for the Team

When I go to a pipe show, or when I get emails and phone calls, a common comment is “You have a great job, getting to try all the new tobaccos and cigars.” I most definitely agree with the first part of that statement, but as to the second part…well, it depends. The department to […]

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 […]

I Know Me Best

Have you ever experienced something and said I can do that better?  Have you ever ordered something at a restaurant based on the write up and said that sounds amazing but when you get it falls short?  I find that happens to me a lot and it translates across to my pipe tobaccos as well.  […]

My old GBD

I once had a mental misstep and I sold a few of my pipes. Not sure why, since I did not need the money at the time, but I did it anyway. There are a few pipes that I miss but there was a particular GBD bent that I really missed. After I sold them I did […]