A Different Kind of Blending

In all, I’ve been a tobacco blender for just shy of forty years now. I’ve done enough different blends over that time that, frankly, it’s becoming harder and harder to figure out how not to repeat myself. Luckily, I have people who let me know about unique components so I can keep things fresh. But […]

Burley – More To It Than You’d Think

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Burley is one of the most loved, and yet one of the most disrespected types of tobacco. One of the reasons for the scorn is that Burley is ubiquitous. It’s used in virtually all ways tobacco can be used. It’s found in cigarettes, pipe tobacco, chew, snuff, snus and even cigars. But one of the […]

The Growing Fascination with Dark-Fired Kentucky

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When I introduced BlackHouse in 2011, it included a small amount of dark-fired Kentucky. It was only the second blend that I had made with it, and I always treated it (and still do) as a condimental tobacco. I knew of Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky and Peter Heinrich’s Dark Strong Flake as being fairly stout […]

Pipe Tobacco Review – Mac Baren HH Bold Kentucky

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Now this review I’m excited about. I’ve been privy to a sample for the last two weeks and finally the day has arrived for its release. I’m talking about the new Mac Baren’s  HH Bold Kentucky.  Like it’s older brother, Old Dark Fired, but turned up a notch, or two. I’ve paired this wonderful flake […]

Pipe Tobacco Review – Mac Baren HH Old Dark Fired

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Next up I’d like to talk about another Mac Baren’s tobacco – HH Old Dark Fired.  Stepping away from my usual genre  of Virginia/Perique, I also enjoy many other flake tobaccos.  Bold and full bodied, I’ve enjoyed Dark Fired since its release.  Upon opening, you’re presented with beautiful,  dark chocolate -colored flakes, moist and pliable.  The full, […]

Pipe Tobacco Review – Hearth & Home Marquee El Nino

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A few weeks ago, when I started working with the P&C team, Russ knew my fondness of strong bold flavors and leaf, so he handed me a tin of Hearth & Home’s El Nino. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I  selected an Argo Rhodesian to test this blend in. The tin aroma was sweet with […]

Starting a “Fire Storm”

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  With the introduction of Russ Ouellette’s new line of tinned tobaccos this week I thought it would be a good time to post a review. I’ve been fortunate to be smoking this wonderful blend for the last two weeks.I’m a confirmed Virginia Perique lover so this tobacco excites me,  I am smoking it in […]

An Old Tobacco Finds the Spotlight

There haven’t been new types of tobaccos on the pipe side of the business for a while. I don’t mean that there haven’t been new blends. I’m referring to types of leaf that go into the blends. The last one that comes to mind was the development of the main component of McClelland’s Royal Cajun […]