Our Mistake, Your Gain!

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Every so often, we screw up. Well, maybe more frequently than that, but we’re human. What you don’t see very often, though, is when a company acknowledges the error and encourages people to take advantage of it, but that’s what I’m doing today for those of you who have been kind enough to follow our […]

Pipe Tobacco and Big Business

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We were talking here recently about why smaller boutique brands have been thriving in the pipe tobacco category while some of the mass-market brands are stagnant or declining, and one reason seems readily apparent. For boutique manufacturers and larger companies who make pipe tobacco and little else, pipe tobacco is very important to their survival. […]

Two Sides of the Same Coin

So far, I’ve made five pipe blends that contain some cigar leaf. I use it for two reasons- like Maryland, it can help the burning qualities of a too-slow-smoking mixture, and it increases the amount and density of the smoke itself. The most recent was Virginia Memory No. 10 from the Hearth & Home Marquee […]

What is your opinion on Lakelands?

Every few months I go through a period of smoking Lakeland tobaccos. For those that do not know, Lakeland tobaccos have flavorings that can range from rose to geranium to Tonkin and are applied to top quality leaf. They have a particular taste to them that people either love or hate. I dip my toe in […]

The Joys of Estate Pipes

I am not ashamed to admit that a lot of my pipe collection consists of estate pipes. When I first started smoking a pipe in college I had no money and at that time I was buying and smoking a lot of cigars. The shop I went to was mainly a cigar store but they had […]

My Morning

I just wanted to post a quick update on here to give everyone a little insight into a typical morning here at P&C. My day started off when the photography department asked me to come by and go through dozens of tobacco tins and rearrange them into some kind of cohesive order. I am not […]

The Neverending Quest

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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 […]

Innovation

When I started working for PipesandCigars.com a little over ten years ago, I was asked to put together a few tobacco blends to see if people would want to buy them. The result was the beginning of our Hearth & Home line, which has grown far bigger than I would have ever expected. Many of […]

Part Rant, Part Announcement

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It’s been widely reported that earlier this year CVS Pharmacy caved in to the pressure by anti-smoking zealots and announced that they would stop selling all tobacco products by October 2014. The actually were ahead of schedule, having beaten their self-imposed deadline by a few weeks. They mentioned that they believed that tobacco doesn’t fit […]

Enjoying the Great Outdoors

Labor Day has just passed, and that means that the sun will be setting earlier, the evenings will become a bit chilly, but the daytime will be just about perfect for being outdoors. It’s still warm enough not to need a sweater or jacket, but it’s usually not brutally hot. Of course, as I write […]