Two Sides of the Same Coin

So far, I’ve made five pipe blends that contain some cigar leaf. I use it for two reasons- like Maryland, it can help the burning qualities of a too-slow-smoking mixture, and it increases the amount and density of the smoke itself. The most recent was Virginia Memory No. 10 from the Hearth & Home Marquee […]

When Pipes Meet Cigars

Many pipe smokers enjoy the occasional cigar, and I know of a number of cigar smokers who have a bowl of tobacco from time to time. We tend to think of them as very different things, but there’s a lot more overlap between them than one might think. There have been a bunch of pipe […]

It Stretches Credulity

The title of this post is a paraphrase from Captain Barbossa from Pirates of the Caribbean Part 3. The fundamental meaning is that the subject is very hard to believe. And, trust me, this one still makes me shake my head. Back in May of 2011, I was fortunate enough to have my entry in […]

Our Tobacco Year in Review and Looking to the Future of Tobacco

Like many people, I have my grumble period. You know the feeling- you just have one of those days where everything goes wrong and you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop, so you go around with your head down, grumbling to yourself. Of course, grumbling, whining and moaning is a waste of time. I’m […]

The Origin of Blackhouse Pipe Tobacco

Since we were fortunate enough to win the Balkan Sobranie 759 Throwdown at the 2011 Chicagoland Pipe and Tobacciana Show, I’ve had a number of phone calls, emails and conversations about the contest, so this seems like a good place to write about it. I believe that it was early March of this year (maybe […]