An Old Tobacco Finds the Spotlight

There haven’t been new types of tobaccos on the pipe side of the business for a while. I don’t mean that there haven’t been new blends. I’m referring to types of leaf that go into the blends. The last one that comes to mind was the development of the main component of McClelland’s Royal Cajun […]

VR Blend

You always know it is going to be a good day when you are tirelessly working on getting estate pipes online and Russ places a brick of tobacco on your desk and says “try this, it has been in the press for about two weeks.”  Well, I guess I knew what my first bowl of […]

Secret Blend

I am not sure if I should really post this today, but I have to let you know about a new tobacco that Russ is working on. It is a very top secret project so I cannot give a lot of details. Let’s just say Russ has hit another homerun.  The blend was made for […]

Info and Review – What the Heck is Semois?

If you’re a pipe enthusiast, you may have heard of Semois. An article was written about it in the New York Times, and it has only recently been imported into the US. We now have access to it on, so I thought that I’d give you a little info about this intriguing tobacco. Semois […]

How Do You Cut?

There are so many ways to cut a cigar, and each one has its advantages. Let’s take a look at the different types of cutters and what they do best. Guillotines- This category includes single guillotines (uncommon today), double guillotines and “butterfly” style cutters. The biggest advantage to these types of cutter is that they […]

Try this with your flakes

I am a big fan of flake tobaccos and enjoy the long, cool smoke they provide. The only problem is I over pack the pipe, leading to a troublesome smoke. The bowl will not stay lit and I often get tongue bite from lighting it so much. I stayed away from flakes for a long time after a few […]

The new Dunhill Durbar

We just received a few samples of the new Dunhill Durbar. This was an exciting day because Durbar is one of my favorite tobaccos. I purchased a bunch of tins when I first started smoking a pipe and I am glad I did. I open a tin every once in a while and enjoy it until […]

Aged 5100

McClelland’s 5100 is one of those five star, legendary blends. Whether you are using it to blend or smoking it straight, 5100 has a lot to offer.  I have smoked a lot of it throughout the years and  have been very fortunate to have smoked many different vintages, the oldest being a can from 1994. […]

Cigar Review- Man O’ War Puro Authentico

I’m definitely in the minority when it comes to cigar size/shape preference. I’m a corona/Lonsdale guy. A 42 to 44 ring gauge just suits me, and a length between 5 and 6.5 inches allows for a long enough smoke without becoming tiresome. I’m also in the minority when it comes to strength and flavor profile. I […]

Overview- Decatur products

When I first started selling pipes in my shop, Decatur was the best-known name in pipe furniture. They had a nice assortment of stands, racks, tobacco jars and cabinets, and they were pretty reasonably priced. Then with very little warning, Decatur was gone, and there weren’t many companies left to fill the void. A number […]