Cigar Review- L’Atelier Surrogates Tramp Stamp

Normally I don’t fall in love with a cigar right away, but this time it was a little different. It’s been almost exactly two years since the L’Atelier Surrogates were released. As a fan of Pete Johnson it was something I knew I needed to try. I wasn’t let down at all. A beautiful Habano […]

Pipes and Cigars

Despite the title, this isn’t about our website. This is about my thoughts on the differences between pipe and cigar smoking. Some are obvious, others are less so. All of them are just my opinion, but that’s what I have to work with, so here I go. The first thing I ever smoked was a […]

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 […]

Rediscovery of a Pipe

If you’re a pipe smoker like me and have been collecting pipes and related paraphernalia for as long as I have, you’re bound to have come across a pipe in your collection that you’ve forgotten or overlooked. I’ve not kept track, but I bet that I’ve purchased, traded and owned thousands of pipes in the […]

Tools of the Trade: All the Toys for Enjoyable Smoking!

Have you ever noticed the tools that professional use in their chosen line of work? A chef has knives, pots and pans, cutting boards, measuring cups, place settings and all kinds of food items. A handyman has a tool belt, screw drivers, hammers, tape measures, nails & screws and wood and metal to work with. […]

From Father To Son

Have you ever noticed that fathers pass on more than genes to their sons? In my case, my father was a pipe and an occasional cigar smoker. Many of my fondest and earliest memories of my father are related to smoking pipes and cigars. Without consciously knowing it, he passed on the appreciation of fine […]

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 […]

PipesandCigars.com Top 25 Cigars of 2012

top 25 cigars of 2012

2012 has been a great year for P&C, and for me personally. I got on board here towards the end of 2011 after a number of years elsewhere in the world of cigars, and my first full calendar year with P&C has been quite a ride. I’ve gotten to travel a lot, I went to […]

Some Cold Weather Smoking Tips

Pipe smoking snowman

For those of you who live in Florida, the deep Southwest, southern California and Hawaii, ignore this information. For those of you who live elsewhere in the United States, these tips are for you, after you get done mumbling curses under your breath directed toward the people who live in those warmer regions. Obviously, if […]

Cigar Review: Asylum 13 550

Asylum 13 550 Cigar

Cigar: Asylum 13 550 (robusto) Maker: Tabacalera Unidas Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua The Boss, knowing my taste for fuller-bodied cigars, suggested that I smoke an Asylum 13 550 for a review, so I grabbed one and headed off to our lounge. Christian Eiroa burst onto the scene by bringing the first widely distributed […]