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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Starting a “Fire Storm”

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  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 […]

My Tobacco

Sometimes you come upon a blend of tobacco that surprises you. It may be a blend you tried at one point and didn’t care for, or one you just found, or you may have attempted blending for yourself just to test it out. The latter is my surprise tobacco. As I have mentioned, I enjoy […]

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

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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

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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.  […]