Aside from the fact that the last few days has brought extreme cold and snow to the Rocky Mountains our pipe smoking has not ceased. In fact the weather has given me a chance to try a few new blends as I brave the elements.
1. Altadis/Sutliff Fox and Hound
A traditional smoke for the discriminating English smoker, this mix of Red Virginia, Turkish, Burley, Latakia, and Perique is of medium strength and guaranteed to please.
This tobacco comes in a 1.5oz pouch and is little pricier than the pouch aromatics but well worth the extra. It is a wonderful mild blend with just a hint of Perique to entice the tongue on cold mornings or midday. I would highly recommend this for a beginner to English blends or for a more experienced smoker to enjoy as an all day smoke.
2. Sutliff #5
A robust English blend with character. Plenty of Latakia, Pressed Virginia and Burley provide the base.
A lot more potent than the fox and hound but not overly so. Another great tobacco for the crossover from Aromatics or for the all day English smoker. I have enjoyed this tobacco in both cob and my nosewarmer beast the last few days and it has been well received by my palette. No tongue bite, a pleasing aroma and a glorious taste..
3. Sutliff Great Outdoors
Air cured Burley and Black Cavendish combine with Vanilla flavoring
Not quite as pleasurable a smoke as the previous two. But definitely worth a try. The vanilla flavor is subdued. But as the name suggests this tobacco would fill my cob for a hike to the grocer for supplies or the liquor store for a spirits refill. A relaxing smoke filled with flavor and tranquility.. Nice aroma and more important it holds its flavor thru the bottom of the bowl.
Cigarillo (4 1/2″ x 33)
Origin Dominican Rep
These little beauties are made from the same tobacco as Hemingways and 8-5-8. this cigar has great taste and aroma. It has a medium filler and a Maduro wrapper. It is a small cigar for those times when you only have time for a 15 to 20 minute smoke, but still want that Fuente flavor. I keep several in my bag on a daily basis.
Perfect for an after lunch smoke or a late afternoon coffee break.
What a great little stocking stuffer for a new piper. I saw these on the shelf at the new B and M store last week and am contemplating picking up a few. A genuine MM corn cob and some Pipa vanilla cavendish tobacco all nicely put together in one package. A great idea.
Add a 5 pack of Bics or a std Zippo lighter for the complete package..
Cobs are the perfect all around pipe. As I was discussing with a friend this past weekend I find that you get a more complex flavor from straight Virginia and VaPer combos in a cob unattainable in a briar.
Happy cob Tuesday
Timeless No. 5
Ring Size: 43
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan
Both my dad and grampa used to smoke Nat Sherman cigars regularly as I was growing up in NYC. The aroma and scent was wonderful.
While I never experienced the taste until much later. Long ago but not forgotten. I remember smoking a few of these while I was still living in NY.
While roaming around on the social media sites and talking to a friend I was glad to find that they are still around. Last Friday while scouring in a new to me B and M humidor I was able to acquire a few. Boy was I happy.
I was excited to light one up this past weekend. The scent brought back those memories of long ago and the taste was mild and joyous from first light to the nub. The cigar kept lit and smoked well down to the last 1/4 inch. A definite joy.
visit their site at www.natsherman.com
Being the granddaddy of pipe websites has its challenges. How to maintain relevance and share information in ways that keeps our current readers informed while addressing the desire to learn by our next generation.
In this generation of social media I have discovered that by jumping in and talking straight to the younger generation fills this gap. I get to better understand those same struggles that we had as beginners are being addressed, not like we had to going to grampa or dad, but, by hitting up google, you tube and yes even online forums and video chats for answers. We can all learn from each other. Yes even us old guys can still learn.
Therefore in the coming year pipes.org will be adding content and info that hopefully will appeal to the current readership and also address the future.
One of our commenters has suggested that we add cigars to our portfolio. Being that the admins are also cigar smokers we will be adding this in to the repertoire. Cigar reviews, new cigar suggestions, etc.
We have also added a cigar heading on our links page which we will be filling in the coming days. We hope you will leave a comment or two adding your suggestions to this new resource.
Todays cob is brought to us by Angela Meek , lady piper and You Tube Pipe Presenter. You can find her online shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/AngelasTampersetc . Check it out. If you get a chance follow her on Facebook and enjoy her videos on you tube . Her channel is under angelasbrandnewbag.
From her description:
“These are MM “Neked” series corn cob pipes in variable sizes wrapped with clay. Handcrafted designs on both pipe and tamper to match. Individually made. Color(s) and pattern may vary slightly. Larger sizes and upgrades are available. . Bottom of bowl has been treated with pipe mud. Very durable but may break if mishandled.”
Happy cob tuesday
Exciting news arrived by post today from across the pond that relate to our lifestyle.
1. Death Wish coffee, www.deathwishcoffee.com is now available in the UK thru Amazon.. Now our friends in Europe can enjoy strong coffee.
2. A new indie tobacconist has opened an online storefront selling retail pipes and accessories as well as his own homebrew blend tobaccos .. check out at http://www.gqtobaccos.com/
Deep down in Louisiana I found the maker of todays cobs Raphael Higginbotham “Raph”. After we featured him once before we began to IM off and on and I became part of their pipes community on FB.
Not only does Raph do masterful things with cobs he is also an indie Tobacconist making such blends as Cajun swamp grass, Cajun slices, Magnolia, Cajun Maple and Rum and Pirates Plunder just to name a few.
Look him up on FB and check out his line. He is working on a site which we will def link to in the future
I will definitely be enjoying this Cajun cob today as we celebrate Cob Tuesday.
Sitting in the corner of a crowded lounge yet immersed in your own little world. Just you and your pipe and the tobacco within. An intimate relationship. This is what Greg Pease has created in his new blend Gaslight.
As part of the old London series of tobaccos this blend of Latakia, red Virginias and Orientals creates a slow burning, heavily scented experience that screams intimacy. From the ease of the crumbling the cake segment to the packing of the bowl. Beginning with the foreplay of the char light to the slow and methodical puffing necessary to fully grasp the experience this tobacco winces you on a mystical journey. Deeper and deeper you travel. Puff after puff this tobacco exposes its sensuality slowly throughout the entire experience leaving you satisfied as the bowl is finished.
The leaves have turned and it’s time to get ready for the cold weather with a good pipe smoke and conversation with friends. Join us tomorrow night, Thursday November 14 at Delaney’s Irish Pub at 7:00pm. Bring a friend and enjoy pipes, good drinks, and great conversation. This month we’ll be having a special speaker, Rex Poggenpohl, who will be sharing with us about the history of pipe-making in Denmark.
The club meets at Delaney’s Irish Pub at 1801 Blake St. in Denver and is open to anyone who enjoys pipe smoking or wants to learn. If you or a friend has never smoked a pipe, feel free to come and we’ll have pipes to loan and tobacco to try.
Forward this email to a friend to share a great time and to help us build our club.
We hope to see you there.
Pete and Dan Larson, Founders