Sherlock Holmes as a Pipe Smoker – Book Review

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I was recently sent a copy of a new book, Sherlock Holmes as a Pipe Smoker, by its author Dr. Thomas Gwinner. Since Sherlockiana is one of my hobbies, I was intrigued by the subject as much has been made about the references to pipes, tobaccos, cigars and cigarettes in the Canon. What made this […]

A Daunting Proposition

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I’ve put together a number of “tribute” blends. One of the first Hearth & Home Signature Series tobaccos, Old Tartan, was an homage to what my father used to smoke. I did a number of these kinds of blends, including BlackHouse, WhiteKnight and Fusilier’s Ration. I may have opened myself up to criticism as people […]

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. […]

It’s Like Comparing Fast Food to Fine Dining

Like it or not, all smokers are lumped together into a group, usually for the purpose of casting disdain upon us. This is especially true for the antis who site skewed “junk science” to prove that we’re just behind a monkey with a machine gun in terms of our ability to harm. But there are […]

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 […]

Once Again, You Asked, We Listened

We recently looked at our Russ’ Monthly Blends, and noticed that sales had slowed down, so we ran an email to let folks know that we would be phasing them out. Not only did we sell a lot of those blends after the email hit, we also began receiving a lot of phone calls and […]

Invitations That Lead To New Discoveries

Hi guys, it’s me again! I’m the one who referred to herself as the Newbie some time ago. I had spoken about how my co-workers would teach me to pack, light, and smoke a pipe. They went as far as renaming me Jeff Clark. “Frankly, I think I like it”! At any rate, let me […]

I Never Smoked for My Father

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  My father smoked only cigarettes. I can recall the day when he announced he was going to quit. I was twelve years old at the time. As far I could ever tell, his staunch and determined Cold Turkey approach worked perfectly. I never saw him smoke, or sensed he had been smoking again ever […]

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 […]