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 […]

A Tale of Two Shows

As Kevin wrote about yesterday, we flew back home from Chicago late Sunday night after attending the Chicagoland Pipe and Tobacciana Show. You might think by the title of this little tome that I’m going to compare that show to another one, but that’s not where I’m going. In fact, it would be impossible to […]

Home from Chicago

Russ, Eric and I just got back from the Chicago Pipe Show and we had a blast. The show was packed again this year and it was great to see masses of people enjoying themselves. We were busy giving out samples of tobaccos and talking to customers about everything P&C. It is so nice to meet […]

No Matter Which Way You Slice it

pipe tobacco review Ten to Midnight

We’re getting ready to head out to Chicago for the show, but a customer made an observation earlier today which made me think that this topic would be a good one for Talking Tobacco, so I’m going to address the different cuts used in pipe tobaccos. The main reason there are different cuts is because […]

The T.A.P.S. Show

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I go to a fair number of pipe shows, and each one has its own personality. This weekend I’ll be going to Raleigh, NC for the T.A.P.S. Expo which is held at the state fairgrounds. I really enjoy this show for a few reasons. The friendly, laid-back atmosphere – The venue isn’t very large, but […]

Taking One (or Many) for the Team

When I go to a pipe show, or when I get emails and phone calls, a common comment is “You have a great job, getting to try all the new tobaccos and cigars.” I most definitely agree with the first part of that statement, but as to the second part…well, it depends. The department to […]

It’s the Big One!

The title doesn’t refer to Fred Sanford having another heart attack, rather, it’s about the Chicagoland International Pipe and Tobacciana Show; my favorite place to be the first weekend of May. This year was special for a number of reasons. First, we had a number of first-time attendees with us from the offices, who were […]

Richmond CORPS Wrap-Up & Las Vegas Dreams

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Our crack (that’s crack, not cracked) marketing director, Travis, suggested that I write something about the Richmond (CORPS) show, and with the West Coast (Las Vegas) show only a couple of days away, I thought that I would write the wrap-up and give my impression of the contrasts of the two shows. When I arrived […]

The Revolution Has Landed…On Us!

Recently I wrote about the launch of our newest Hearth & Home blend, Fusilier’s Ration. It took a long time to come to fruition and I had great hopes for this new product but… We put a little teaser up on the site a week before the release date and we got a good deal […]

Richmond Wrapup

Well, the CORPS show for 2012 is over, and although I’m sorry that it’s over so quickly, I’m looking forward to getting home. The initial reaction to our new Fusilier’s Ration has been better than I could have hoped for. We sold out of our first run before the release date, but another batch is […]