The Process

With a great new area to work in and all the resources I need, it’s time for me to switch gears and get back to my Laboratory of Doom ® and begin to develop some new tobaccos. While I’m working on some of these items, I figured that it might be interesting to take you […]

I Got an Upgrade

When I was a kid (around the time of the invention of water), we were only allowed to use the eight color box of crayons because some families couldn’t afford the bigger selections and the school didn’t want people to be able to buy an advantage for their children and also wanted to spare the […]

Not Just Talking Tobacco Today

When Scott Bendett opened the Habana Premium Cigar Shoppe in the Colonie Center mall in Albany, NY, he could have scarcely imagined where things would go from there. After a few years of selling cigars and pipes to the locals, Scott felt that it was time to reach out to a larger audience, by going […]

Tobacco Legislation and The “Social Creep”

Russ Ouellette, Hearth & Home Master Blender

We’ve all heard the truism “Give ‘em an inch and they’ll take a mile”. It’s usually in reference to children regarding self-discipline, but I’m coming to realize that it has a lot to do with government, especially legislators. Let me explain. I remember a time, not all that long ago, when smoking pipes, cigarettes, and […]

Winging My Way Home

Here's Palace Station, home to the 2012 West Coast Pipe Show

I’m sitting in McCarron International Airport waiting for our flight to board and I’m still buzzing from this weekend. The show went really well and we caught up with lots of friends, and made a bunch of new ones. Slice O’ Gold, our newest blend (a Virginia/dark-fired cake with a deep fruit essence) was really […]

The Revolution Has Landed…On Us!

Recently I wrote about the launch of our newest Hearth & Home blend, Fusilier’s Ration. It took a long time to come to fruition and I had great hopes for this new product but… We put a little teaser up on the site a week before the release date and we got a good deal […]

Richmond Wrapup

Well, the CORPS show for 2012 is over, and although I’m sorry that it’s over so quickly, I’m looking forward to getting home. The initial reaction to our new Fusilier’s Ration has been better than I could have hoped for. We sold out of our first run before the release date, but another batch is […]

Fusilier’s Ration – The Revolution is at Hand

Russ Ouellette, Hearth & Home Master Blender

It’s taken well over three years of planning in my underground lair, plotting with my co-conspirators and we’re finally ready to launch our revolution. Imagine, if you will, reaching many years into the past and looking at yourself reveling in the most enjoyable pipe tobacco you ever had. It sends your mind reeling, your salivary […]

Additives in Pipe Tobacco


Just as the actions of a few bad apples in a large group can taint the public conception of all its members, due to the revelations about some of the substances used in the manufacture of cigarettes, people seem to believe that the additives used in pipe tobaccos are similarly harmful. The truth is, beside […]

Pipe Tobacco Review: McClelland Stave-Aged 35 Virginia Ribbon

McClelland Stave-Aged 35 Virginia Ribbon

I don’t smoke a lot of pipe tobacco; I would definitely consider myself a cigar guy all around. Forgive me if this reads like a cigar review.  I do love English blends for some reason, and have shied away from the aromatics and VaPers, although I have tried a few I like and some that […]