The Importance of Pipe Tobacco Maintenance

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Some people are very concerned about the moisture levels of their pipe tobacco, while for others it’s an afterthought. The degree of impact that the moisture level has will depend on a number of factors, including the smoker. To begin with, the initial humidity level of pipe tobacco tends to be in the range of […]

Tobacco Acquisition

I’ve said it before. I love tobacco.  English, aromatic, Balkans, VaPers; I love it all. I am partial to Lane Leo, which is based on the old John Cotton blend, and the fresh release of Lane’s Crown Achievement. But then there are some great aromatics like Drew Estate’s 7th Avenue Blonde, Russ’s Spring Training, and […]

Could You Smoke Only One Blend?

If you could only smoke one pipe tobacco, what would it be? I do not think I can answer that question because I enjoy too many blends. I started smoking English blends and I stuck with them for years. There was a time when I thought I found the blend that I would smoke forever. It […]

Innovation

When I started working for PipesandCigars.com a little over ten years ago, I was asked to put together a few tobacco blends to see if people would want to buy them. The result was the beginning of our Hearth & Home line, which has grown far bigger than I would have ever expected. Many of […]

VR Blend

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 […]

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 […]

Virginia Night

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Virginia Night, oh Virginia Night. This is one of my favorite tobaccos at the moment and it will give you a good idea of how spectacular Virginia blends can be. There is a depth of sweetness that I have never experienced in any other blend, and I have smoked a lot of Virginias. Virginia Night is […]

Pipe Tobacco: Aging Gracefully

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Many pipe smokers have discovered the advantages of aging tobaccos, knowing that certain blends benefit greatly by being stored for an extended period of time. It’s a little more complicated than just tossing some tins in the cellar and waiting a couple years to pop them open, so I’m going to help you learn how […]

Additives in Pipe Tobacco

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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 Academy: Aging Pipe Tobacco

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I’ve written about this subject before, most notably on our website, Pipes and Cigars.com (here’s a link: http://www.pipesandcigars.com/agpito.html). But I’ve gotten so many requests to go into more details, so here I go. Much of what I’m going to write here is my opinion, so you may find your experiences are different than my own. […]