An In-Depth Look at Perique

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As some of you may know, I’ve been involved in blending tobacco for nearly 40 years, and I can remember to this day the first time I opened a package of Perique and smelled it. The deep, dark, fruity aroma hit me like a ton of bricks, and I salivated from the intensity of it. […]

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 […]

Perique – A Lot of Work, But Worth It

I’ve been a big fan of Perique since I started smoking a pipe 40 years ago. I was fascinated by the dark, sweet aroma of it in a jar, and enjoyed what it did to a blend even more. I’ve made well over 100 blends in those 40 years, and probably 30 or more have […]

The Benefits of Friendship

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I’ve been blessed to have a number of good friends in the business of premium tobacco, pipes and accessories. I get to see many of them regularly at pipe shows, while others are normally contacted by phone, but our relationships are good enough to consider them friends. Of course, it’s easier to become friendly with […]

Episode VII: Silverware, You Are

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    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 […]

The Torture

For the past few months I’ve been the bane of everyone’s existence in the office. Not because of my bubbly personality, bluntness, or how I am unable to sit still for very long; but because I have been sick! When your allergies turn for the worse and you are unable to smoke or be around […]

The Great American Dream Experiment

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 As a “VaPer Lover”, I usually classify my purposeful excursions into Aromatic and English blends under “Market Research”. I do get an urge for Latakia now and then, especially when I’m digging in the dirt, or find myself walking along a trail, or otherwise in a Sherwood Forest sort of mood. After the typical youthful […]

What’s in a Name?

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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 […]

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 […]

Pipe Tobacco Review – Mac Baren HH Acadian Perique

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At this sitting I am tasting a Virginia/Perique offering from Mac Baren, Acadian Perique. The tin smell is sweet, delicious. Loaded in a trusty Stanwell #240 Featherweight the pre-light draw is deep and sweet.  At first light the sweetness  and  depth is there with an additional citrus note, which I suspect is the Oriental leaf […]