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 […]

Tobacco Acquisition

I’ve said it before. I love tobacco.  English, aromatic, Balkans, VaPers; I love it all. I am partial to Lane Leo, which is based on the old John Cotton blend, and the fresh release of Lane’s Crown Achievement. But then there are some great aromatics like Drew Estate’s 7th Avenue Blonde, Russ’s Spring Training, and […]

The New Dark Strong Kentucky

I have waited very impatiently for the new samples to arrive. I have fond memories of Dark Strong and enjoyed every tin that I smoked, which was quite a few. The last time I smoked a tin was right before it was discontinued. I purchased a tin and smoked it non-stop until it was gone. […]

Hearth & Home Marquee Viprati is Here !!!!!!!

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My favorite tobacco is finally available for sale! For the last few months I have smoked the new H&H Marquee Viprati almost constantly. I have raved to all that would listen that this is the best Virginia/Perique blend I have smoked and I think it is one of Russ’ finest blends. He let me have a […]

Could You Smoke Only One Blend?

If you could only smoke one pipe tobacco, what would it be? I do not think I can answer that question because I enjoy too many blends. I started smoking English blends and I stuck with them for years. There was a time when I thought I found the blend that I would smoke forever. It […]

VR Blend

VR Blend

You always know it is going to be a good day when you are tirelessly working on getting estate pipes online and Russ places a brick of tobacco on your desk and says “try this, it has been in the press for about two weeks.”  Well, I guess I knew what my first bowl of […]

The new Dunhill Durbar

We just received a few samples of the new Dunhill Durbar. This was an exciting day because Durbar is one of my favorite tobaccos. I purchased a bunch of tins when I first started smoking a pipe and I am glad I did. I open a tin every once in a while and enjoy it until […]

Aged 5100

McClelland’s 5100 is one of those five star, legendary blends. Whether you are using it to blend or smoking it straight, 5100 has a lot to offer.  I have smoked a lot of it throughout the years and  have been very fortunate to have smoked many different vintages, the oldest being a can from 1994. […]

Pipe Tobacco: Aging Gracefully

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Many pipe smokers have discovered the advantages of aging tobaccos, knowing that certain blends benefit greatly by being stored for an extended period of time. It’s a little more complicated than just tossing some tins in the cellar and waiting a couple years to pop them open, so I’m going to help you learn how […]

What’s The Deal With Latakia?

A close up of C&D Pirate Kake, a blend with Latakia.

Latakia is one of the most famous pipe tobacco components, but it’s definitely a love-it or hate-it thing. For some people, it’s the elixir of the gods and for others it’s foul, rank and acrid. No matter how you feel about it, Latakia is a staple and a lot of people are curious about it […]