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West Coast Pipe Show

For all of you visiting the West Coast Pipe SHow in Las Vegas this weekend please stop by the Ventulus Pipes table. This a new venture of our leader Steve. He is a distributor for Don Carlos Pipes.
Tell him you heard it from OldManpiper

Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival reminder


Don’t forget that the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is just under a month away and will be there to cover it in words and pics. IN attendance will be a large representation of cigar Lounges, tobacconists, cigar manufacturers, brewers, wine makers and local distillers. Oh yes and of course, food.. Also cars,billiards and some of our other lifestyle vendors.
Visit for more info and to acquire tickets..

a long strange trip its been

After my search for the Falcon came to fruition and i was finnaly able to enjoy the wonderous goodness of its chamber with Erinmore mixture and then soms St Brun Flake. I began to think a long term relationship was forming. Then on Monday two weeks past I was coming home from my lab feeling chipper but a shad short winded . I came home had dinner and took a FLexorall for my aching back. It woud not stop spasmming . I called 911 who cam out and took me to the ER . Appaently I had suffered a heart attack. They ran tests and even tried a simpls stent but to no avail.
I was transported to another hospital where I was poked and prodded and it was determined that I had 2 closed arteries and 2 with significant narrowing. Surgery was scheduled for the following Thursday.
After 2 weeks in hospital I came home this past Thursday for a recuperation.
Or so i thought. With the family either at the hospital or at home resting befroe coming back the yard became a nightmare. Overgroown and in need of work.
SOon after I came home on thursday, Friday morning to be exact We recieved a 5 day notice from the neighborhood to moe, trim trees, pull weeds etc.. After 2 weeks of my disabled wife and myself in need of recuperation this occurs. The 3 kids gathered aroiund and with the help of a local pipe and cigar brother we are able to bring it under control. FOR NOW.
Where are the days of empathetics and neighborly people. I find them amongst pipe smkoers, cigar smokers but not in the general populus. A sad state of society do we have. Whils I do not get to enjpy the taste of fine tabacs any longer I will never leave the pipe community and the comraderies I have enjoyed..
sweet smokes

Schizo maduro


These are so new they arent even on any of the retailers websites yet. But they are fabulous. OIly dark and delicious. As a fan of the original Schizo cigar I was surprised as hell when I went to the local B and M for a refill stock and found these in the rack.
Oh yeah. Excited I was. Being a fan of maduros I bought a few and had one cut for me to enjoy on my walk. A man could not ask for a better lunch. And at about 3 bucks a stick this is definitely a worthy inclusion to your humidor.
happy smokes.

Chicago Pipe Show this weekend.

All of those viewers in the area of Chicago should head on over to the show and enjoy its wares. Great time for both newbies and the old timers. UNfortunately I will not be in attendance so if anyone wants to send pohotos and reminisces from the show feel free to post them on the FB page or in the forums.
Also a heads up will be at the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival on August 23 at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield. We will be looking forward to seeing many of our locals there
Sweet smokes

Heinrichs Special Curly

I know it has been a while since we post last but alas. Winter had found me in ill health and the palate was off it mark. With spring arriving both my health and my palate are on the up and thus I am able to get back to offering my palate for new wonders.
For those of us who were lucky enough to have enjoyed the old 3 nuns, and its Perique goodness, I have found an alternative. My friends across the pond suggested I give Special Curly a whirl. I have and I am hooked.
The paint can tin opens nicely to a ready to smoke mound of curly tabac disks ready to fill the bowl. The scent of plum and pepper is awesome and a reminder of days past. No drying time needed.
Fill the bowl loosely, pinky tamp and light. The simplicity of it all.
Sit back and enjoy the smoke. Smell the smoke and reminisce of days past when the scent of three nuns encompassed the smoking room.
Having enjoyed Heinrichs Dark Strong and now this I do believe a few more of Heinrichs tabacs will be gracing my cellar. Available in a 100g tin I do believe a few more of these will be acquired for the summer smoking season.
sweet and peppery smokes

2015 news from Mac Baren: Bold Kentucky!

bold kentucky


Virginia and Dark Fired Kentucky. Hot pressed tobacco cut into slices (Flakes). Due to the special process of adding steam during pressing the different tobaccos merry into a very unique taste which is smoky and full of the natual taste from the tobaccos.

This is the strongest pipe tobacco among the blends in the Mac Baren range and is not recommended for inexperienced pipe smokers. HH Bold Kentucky contains a high amount of the finest Dark Fired Kentucky from the USA and Africa and is combined with bright Virginias to soften the taste just a bit. Still the taste is of earthiness and smoke plays the major part with just a slight nuance of sweetness as the underlying taste. The origin of the taste is in the leaf itself and thanks to the hot press the different tastes merry into one unique taste. Like all the other HH blends this blend has only an absolute minimum of casing and no top flavour at all.

Tobacco: Dark Fired Kentucky (Africa & USA) and Virginia (Brazil & USA) Type: English Style Cut: Slices/Flakes Strength/flavour: Full-bodied tobacco with a natural, light smoky taste of Dark Fired Kentucky Characteristics: An absolute minimum of casing and no top flavour at all. A more natural tasting tobacco .

sweet smokes and happy Friday

IPSD 2015

Happy IPSD to all of our BOTL and SOTL this fine Friday. Here is hoping you are all lunting, lunching, relaxing, shoveling, driving, skiing etc. on this festive occasion. And do not forget the smoking.
sweet smokes

Holiday pondering

As I sit here in the early morning daze with coffee and a bowl of leprechauns liquor burning in a Missouri Meerschaum hardwood aptly named “old reliable” I begin to reminisce the last year and ponder the new one.

Great tobaccos came forward to be tested and reviewed. Some good some not so good. New pipes passed thru my mouth. Some passed while some were passed on.

What remains constant is the plethora of people that I have become acquainted with over the last year thanx to social media and my conserted effort to “get out” more and venture to the social gatherings that take place daily in my local lounges. Almost on a daily basis I am able to interact with these people who have accepted me in to their niche because of the affinity for the leaf. This is a hard world for the smoker to exist in. To share our love for each other and enjoy the comraderie the love of the leaf brings forth is a commendable as well as a traditional endeavor. Male bonding.

The masses do not like smokers. They shun us like lepers . Discard us as a pest or worse like a bag of garbage. Yet we persist. We grow stronger. Our influence grows deeper. The rise of young smokers finding their way into our arena is a hopeful sign of the future.
New pipe makers are amassing and bringing their wares to us daily. Some will succeed others will not. Their talent and the out of the ordinary designs I see are astounding. Their creativity hold no boundaries.

All because of the leaf.. God’s creation.

Others have taken the endeavor to small craft and hand blend new tabacs. Some of which I have tried. Another worthwhile effort . Bringing fresh minds to fresh palettes always willing to try something new and exciting. I commend these endeavors also. Carrying on the tradition of their forefathers .
All for the love of the leaf.

“of all the things in the garden shall ye partake” Tabac is there. Whether it be used to roll cigars , smoke in a pipe, smoke as a cigarette or just enjoy the fragrance of the plant itself . It is Gods plant for us to partake of.

Does it have health risks? Yes as has been said many times. But what doesn’t.? Too much of anything will cause health damage. This is a well understood concept. AS long as we accept those risks and continue to enjoy the friendships we make and brotherhood we share life becomes tolerable and a good smoke is palettable.

SO as we look ahead to 2015 let us also look forward to the new designs of the pipes that are coming out. The new tabacs which we shall partake of and enjoy or dislike. The ability of our immediate social groups and our not so immediate social groups on Instagram and Facebook will keep us aware of it all and let us all interact, debate, share a portion of our lives together. All because of one thing.
The love of the leaf.

Happy 2015

Christmas and pipe smoking

I personally always enjoy smoking a pipe round this time of year, the days are short and nights long and most of us have to bare the cold weather. When I am outdoors in the cold I normally take a pipe with me with a good round bowl and abit bigger than I would normally carry in pocket. This gives me the chance to not only lightly puff away but acts as a hand warmer too . In the days of my Christmas past my house use to always smell of spices, drink , ripe meat cooking away slowly and nothing adds to these smells like a tin of seasonal pipe tobacco. After a long day working in the office leaving the house in the dark and coming home in the dark I like to pick up my churchwarden either my GBD or my Savinelli Hans Christian Anderson and puff away blowing smoke rings. With the lights dimmed and some candles on you can see the bowl light up and the swift of light smoke filling the room. For me it’s a pleasure. This is normally a time where the most people will smoke a cigar ( New Year ) or a pipe with family, it’s a time and moment to treasure. Don’t forget to buy a couple of tins of tobacco of a few extra cigars to pass around and savor the moment with those you love. Pipe smoking is something than builds memories many pipes I own in my own personal collection I would never sell or give away yet there also probably the least valuable but there the ones I can say I smoke that pipe with that person at that time and what a memory it was. Your children, your grandchildren will remember you as a pipe smoker, they may even remember the smell and type of tobacco you smoke so give them also good memories with you smoking a pipe.