Receiving aromatic tabacs during the winter months when I am smoking heavier blends due to the chilly weather has a few possible outcomes. One, they get lost in my lounge and I never get to smoke them or two, they get time to age a bit before I finally pop the tin come spring/ summer.
That is what happened to this tin of Spinnaker from Sutliff I received last December. It was at the bottom of a stack of Englishes and Balkans that are stored in my cellar. Surprised as I was I decided that this would be my smoke of the day.
The tin says that Spinnaker is a “burley and black Cavendish with a delightful mixture of sweet and tart”.. OK then sounds like a perfect smoke for a warm Wednesday.
I popped the tin and the strong aroma of almond and cherry permeated into my nostrils. The tabac was damp to the touch so I let the tin air dry a bit before I attempted to pack the bowl of my Italy no name ½ bent.. 30 minutes later with bowl packed I lit the pipe and began to enjoy.. The almond settled down a bit and the tart cherry took over. Not like some cheap OTC cough drop cherry but more like cherry cordial, also by Sutliff Altadis. The bowl did not goop and the smoke was actually enjoyable. So much so, a second bowl was packed and enjoyed on the commute to work this morning.
I will definitely enjoy a few more bowls of this today and will definitely keep it around for some time.
Hobbits weed is a very popular tabac in the pipe smoking community. But did you know that Tewksbury also vends other blends.. For starters King George and Celtic blend are two of my regular tabacs from there.. Dave also runs an Explorer series for experimental new blends that have been released in small batches as test blends for popularity. These blends average about $4.95 for a 2 ounce sample.. Often these blends become popular and wind up in the more expensive established blend selection. Caribbean Cavendish was one of those blends that this smoker exalted and it became a popular spring summer blend
One of the newer blends in the Explorer series is 1918.. A wonderful Cavendish blended with a chocolate marshmallow casing, which to me resembles a s/more sans the graham cracker. A wonderful summer smoke without the over abundance of cavity causing sweetness that ruins many chocolate blends. A great tasting tabac for an after lunch aperitif or as a light replacement for Molto Dolce as an after dinner sweet tooth imbibe.
Give Tewksbury a call and grab yourself a few ounces of this tabac and let me know what you think? Tell them you read about it on pipes.org.
Two Meerschaum Pipe (Old And New) CALABASH and Woman
This duo is available from one of our members Zlatan İbrahimoviç.
check it out at http://www.ebay.com/itm/181414829570?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
Zlatan shares his vast inventory on pipes.org on Facebook So if not a member you really ought to
thanx to my buddy at aristocob.com for publishing one of the rare photos of this new design.
For those of you who didnt go to Chicago Missouri Meerschaum announced several new pipe designs including the Mark Twain Dublin pictured above.
Along with that a new relationship between P and C has brought Russ Ouellette into the fold creating 4 new tobaccos available in pouches from P and C but under the MM label, a Virginia/perique, a burley, an aromatic and a Latakia tobacco. Never before has MM lent their name to tobacco so this is exciting news for Cob Tuesday.
Wrapper: Brazilian, Connecticut, Dominican, Habana 2000, Maduro
Origin: Dominican Republic
Shapes: Churchill, Gordo, Lancero/Panatela, Presidente, Robusto, Toro, Torpedo
A great cigar to try this spring might be the Gurkha Master Select Robusto. This is an 6 x 52 stick. It offers a nice mild taste though it commands frequent puffs for proper performance and does need touching up as you smoke it. On the draw you get a nice Grassy hay earthy taste from it ending in your mouth quite cool. Near the last 3rd it goes a bit nutty and woodsy but I think that comes from it burning hot due to the amount of puffing . Cigar lasts for an 1 hour to the band point. It does miss something like a pepper or a zing in it for my taste, however for the Spring when having family over and having a glass on the terrace after dinner the cigar works.
I do think however it’s over priced and shouldn’t be in the premium section of cigars, I’ve had cigars costing 5 euro’s that I have enjoyed better than this Gurkha.
It was with glorious expectation and a little codgering on my part that I was one of the early recipients of a pre-release tin of this new Sutliff tobacco. My source had said that customers had wanted Sutliff to do an exceptional Va/Per and Carl has done just that far exceeding expectations.
Arriving in a MacBaren style tin emanated elegance and a certain class. Opening the tin the aroma the sweetness and spice emanated my nostrils.The tangy red Virginia short ribbon is complemented by the citrus sweet bright flue cured Virginia thin flake. The red Virginia. is the most obvious of the two Virginias. The perique is both granulated and ribbon cut, offering some sweetness with bursts of pepper.
Not overly moist I packed a cob with this tobacco and after a few relights it was set to go. An enjoyable no nonsense tobacco with sweeteness and spice all the way to the bottom of the bowl . A wonderful all day smoke for those of us who love our tobacco with no nonsense and no case. Another shout out to Sutliff master blender Carl for hitting it out of the park on this one.
9 months ago I was on Instagram as a regular and one of my IG friends led me to Paul Menard. While he had only been making pipes for a few months at that time, mostly from wood that was harvested on his property and using a lathe that he acquired from a neighbor, I was very impressed with his designs. I called them “da bomb”. I contacted Paul and started following him and it turned into a relationship at first of IMs and chats. At that time he was using Etsy store and was not getting much traffic.
So impressed I was with his designs I asked him if he would be interested in a PR piece on pipes.org as a new pipe maker. He agreed and we did the piece. In gratitude he sent me one of his early billiards which some became one of my favorites and still is.
Early in the fall of 2013 I asked him if he could design a monster nose warmer for me that was bent stem and massive bowl for those cold Colorado days. Within days My mailbox had this pipe in it and I was impressed. While we didn’t get the normal cold weather we normally get in CO the warmer got a fair bit of use this past winter and I am sure it will get more usage thru the next few decades.
A few weeks later an IM came thru from PAul which said that I should “stalk my mailbox”.. A beautiful shop pipe and leather pipe holster arrived. I wear the holster everyday with my spare pipe rotation..
Pauls Pipes are works of art from a very humble pipe maker in Santa Cruz CA.
While our conversations and chats have grown infrequent I still follow Paul and his pipes grace the pipes.org Facebook page at least once a week or so. Hard working and experimental designs are making Paul the maestro de pipa. If you don’t have a Pauls Pipe you are missing out on a true maestro.
Happy 1st anniversary Paul.
Recently I tried the famous CAO Acid Blondie Belicoso cigar. This an 5 X 54 torpedo and is from the blue acid line. The cigar is flavor infused, has a thin medium wrapper with a buttery feel, almost no veins and tight seams.
The aroma of the cigar is unique. Acid cigars are infused with oils, and this smells like a kitchen preparing for Christmas. Very herbal, like sweet potpourri, vanilla extract, sandalwood, etc.
First light reveals a great draw, plenty of light smoke and a very oily sweet flavor much like glycerin and candy. A bit of the potpourri flavor is there, but it’s mostly just sugar. Apparently this is the best sold cigar in the world. To be honest I am having a hard time wondering why.
I know these cigars are bought alot by women because it has the sweetness to it or by unseasoned cigar smokers. For me personally it brings back bad memories of an over sweetened trifle cake soaked in brandy and then set alight. I must admit the smoke draw is very good on the stick giving decent amount of smoke with each puff.
Now something I really hate and I find uncalled for nowadays with any cigar. After finishing the first quarter of the cigar I felt it was time to remove the band ( this cigar has no thick band ) , they have used so much glue too hold the band on the cigar that while trying to take it off I ripped the outer wrapper. Luckily the under bidding held in place otherwise the cigar would be ruined before it got half way. On the back of the band has a fortune thing…nice for you CAO !,
Now tell your staff not to do that with cigars.
30 min in at the 1/2 way point the flavors have changed to become a smooth sweet earthy taste , while the special flavors are still slightly there but only come out on the long finish. Finishing at 50 min to the nub, the last third was the same since the 1/2 way point.
Overall I honestly have nothing good to say about this stick That’s not to say that you should not try it and many others will surely like it. After all as I mentioned it’s the best sold cigars in the world right now. This cigar may work with acid type cocktail or something along those lines but it’s definitely not a cigar I feel for an after dinner wine.
Lastly, if you do buy these cigars you must store them away from your collection as this will taint everything else in your humidor and that would be a waste of an good Cohiba.
A new fantastic tobacco is being introduced in CHicago
Mac Baren’s description of HH Latakia Flake:
This is a hot pressed flake tobacco, meaning that during the pressing steam is added to mature the tobacco further and to ensure a mellow smoking experience. A blend of bright Virginias, spicy Orient, a bit of burley, and a fair amount of Cyprus Latakia is the foundation of HH Latakia Flake.
The taste is complex with the smoky note from Latakia in the front seat, the subtle sweetness from the Virginias working in the back, and the mellow spiciness from the Orientals popping up from time to time, creating an intimate interplay where all tobaccos play their role and contribute to this unique smoking experience.
HH Latakia Flake has very little casing and no top flavour at all. The only taste you will experience is the natural taste from the tobaccos used.
A mellow, yet satisfying tobacco, with a lot of nice, smoky aroma.
look to Pipes.org for a review on May 1.. it will def be of interest.
Spring is in the air and the Chicago show is on its way.
Pipemakers around the country are busy carving up a storm and baccy blenders are almost ready to titillate our palettes with new tabacs.
Meanwhile here at the homefront the pipe changing season is beginning.. Heavy Englishes and Balkans are making their way back to the cellar while lighter Virginias, VaPers and some Orientals now become the go to choices.. Along with some interesting Aromatics. This year I will be adding more Plugs, Flakes and Shags to my artillery.
To smoke them requires smaller bowls so my assorted cobs and smaller briars become the norm this time of year.
Oh how lovely this season change is…
And do not forget the cigars, small craft beers and the distilled beverages.