Like Fingernails on a Blackboard

Actually, someone scraping their nails across a blackboard doesn’t really bother me, but there are plenty of things that do. so I thought that I’d present some to you to see if you agree. One thing that drives me nuts is when I buy a cigar that hasn’t been properly stored. Our entire humidor (which […]



We have all heard about dedicating your pipes. Only smoking a certain tobacco in a certain pipe; be it by leaf or by blend type or by flavoring. I recently discovered that I have enough pipes in my collection to be able to dedicate by pretty much anything I want. I also recently discovered that […]

Packaging Quandaries


One of the toughest things in making new pipe tobacco blends is packaging, and I’m not just referring to artwork. Making decisions on how we’re going to present a product hinges on a number of factors. For Hearth & Home Marquee and my RO Series, we’ve gone with vacuum-sealed 50 gram tins. The reason is that […]

Taste -vs- Room Note: The Aromatic Battle


Why doesn’t my tobacco taste like it smells? This question has been asked and answered numerous times by people who have been smoking much longer than I have. Russ has touched on the topic a few times previously. While I enjoy smoking aromatics at times, I tend to prefer English tobaccos. Imparting flavor into a […]

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 […]

The Genius of the Pipe

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“…So it shall be for all time. If discord has broken out between two beings, let them smoke together. United by this bond, they will live in peace and friendship thereafter.” -Attributed to the Great Manitou, the Great Spirit. The ritualistic use of tobacco smoked in pipes by native Americans is appropriately linked to the […]

Our friends at Meerschaum Depot


When I started at P&C one of the first vendors that I met with was our good friends at Meerschaum Depot pipes. I could tell we were going to have a great working relationship as soon as I met them. During our first meeting we got to know each other, and now when they come to visit, it […]

New Item – Argo Pipes


During one of our brainstorming sessions, we batted around the idea of creating a new brand of pipes with some very specific characteristics. First off, these pipes had to be great smokers. Now I know that seems obvious, but we wanted the pipes made in a way to deliver a smoke like that of a […]

Pipe Tobacco Review – Mac Baren HH Old Dark Fired

hh old dark fired

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, […]

Road Trippin’

Most people may not realize this, but Pennsylvania is very tobacco friendly. The area we are in is able to support a number of tobacco related shops including cigar retailers, cigar/cigarette shops and a tobacconist. I bet you are thinking, “But Adriene, why shop there when you can get the newest and the best from […]