Some Observations on Cigars

I enjoy cigars and have for almost 40 years. But being in the business, and especially since my focus turned to blending pipe tobaccos, I’ve become more analytical about them and have noticed some things that have changed my perspective. With the trend moving toward larger ring gauges, there’s seems to be a common conception […]

Selecting a Pipe Lighter

My opinion, for a long time, is that wooden matches are the best way to light a pipe. The flame is cooler, which can help get the best flavor out of the tobacco, and you have better control of the flame (as long as there’s little air movement). But for most of us, carrying around […]