Episode VII: Silverware, You Are

    Pipe smokers tend to be easy going, but like anyone else, tend to be stubborn at times about asking for directions. When they decide to stop following the force and seek some guidance, the role of little green Jedi is one I find myself eager to perform. One particular fork in the road […]

What’s in a Name?

It’s always intrigued me that Einstein favored the pipe tobacco called Revelation. One might call it a coincidence, but since pipe smoking is often connected to contemplative moments of deep thought and inspiration, there just could be a subtle satisfaction in drawing one’s wisdom through a bowl of a blend whose name was chosen by […]

The Neverending Quest

I haven’t been writing quite as much for TalkingTobacco.com for the last couple of weeks, and the reason is because I’ve been scouring the world to find new and interesting tobaccos for my upcoming blends. Okay, that’s a lie. I don’t have to travel that much because I’m lucky enough to have people who let […]

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 […]

What’s The Deal With Latakia?

Latakia is one of the most famous pipe tobacco components, but it’s definitely a love-it or hate-it thing. For some people, it’s the elixir of the gods and for others it’s foul, rank and acrid. No matter how you feel about it, Latakia is a staple and a lot of people are curious about it […]

Craig Tarler joins other Broken Pipes

It is with much sadness that I report to you that one of the great men in our industry has passed on. Craig Tarler founded Cornell & Diehl in 1990, and over the last 20+ years he blended and manufactured some of the best tobacco in the business. From his humble beginnings in a garage-sized […]

Pipe Tobacco Academy – Finding Your Holy Grail

Still having trouble figuring out what kind of pipe tobacco is best for you, Bunky? Still frying your tongue and dumping out near-full bowls of blends that you hated at first puff? Maybe the problem is that you’re starting in the wrong place because you don’t even know what style of tobacco works for you. […]