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Old Dominion pipes

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As we welcome tomorrows Cob Tuesday celebration as we do almost every week we will be looking back at a new take on the corn cob pipe.. A few months ago I notice on one of the Facebook groups I belong to that a company out the there Old Dominion Pipe Co. was doing something different. Traditional corn cob pipes like us old timers smoked with reed stems. No plastic tips and no plaster . This notion brought back memories for me.. But it slipped my mind for a while.

I contacted them about a month or so ago regarding their pipes. About a week later I received in the mail a sampling of their wares., a Virginia planter, a laughing king, and a Chesapeake Bay. For the last 3 weeks I have smoked the heck out of the Planter and the king to get a good feel for the pipes.

Not being a lover of aromatics and in order get the full feel of these instruments I have been smoking Virginias and VaPers exclusively . I find Cobs and Virginias go hand in hand.. The integration of pipe and tabac.

The bowls of the pipe are smaller than the Missouri Meerschaum mass produced pipr but for the majority of us a pinky fits into the bowl a ways and if not then a tamper will .work nicely. The cobs are all natural with no plaster and the reed is tightly inserted.

As for the smokeability I have now passed the 50 bowl mark on the planter and other than the normal black scorch on the rim the bowl shows no cracks and the reed is still tight. As any of you know I am a clincher and the mouth tip shows barely any wear.. The bowl has stayed cool hru the 50 smokes so my prediction is it will last quite a whule . Ad For a pipe under 10 bucks that sounds pretty darn good. A bowl of good tabac will smoke nicely for about 20-30 minutes so a nice break smoke.

I recommend any of our readers who enjoy a taste of tradiotnal cob pipes to snag one or more of these bad boys up and smoke the heck out of it..
Their website is www.olddominionpipe.com
Dam fine pipes.
Sweet Smokes

Oscar Cellado up and coming

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A few weeks ago while roaming thru my Facebook feed I came across an interesting innovation in our lifestyle.. Yes we have pipes and yes we have cigars but I saw this cigar pipe that Oscar was showing.. An already upcoming pipe maker, the pipe cigar is a new innovation for him. SO I contacted him and he offered to send me one for review. Always interested in innovative smoking utensils I keenly awaited its arrival. When it arrived, the cigar pipe had my initials engraved as the band and an accompanying ash tray, a cigar and matches were included.. To me presentation is wonderful but its the utensil first and foremost.
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Made from maple the cigar is well crafted, the tabac chamber smooth and the bit is much like the old cigar bit we would use in the old days.. A solid piece of wood.

In my discussion online Oscar said that the issues with heat are much like a true cigar, therefore the band is well placed so you would hold the cigar behind the band.. Being a clencher by habit, the pipe filled with tabac felt like the weight felt like a 50 band cigar. Easily managed. And yes the pipe remained cool.
For its initial smoke I loaded it full with Sutliff 957 and used a charring light to get it started. Very nice. With only two more lights the bowl went straight thru without relight all the way down to the last 1/4 inch.. A very cool dry and flavorfulsmoke from an awesome device.
Cleaning out the remaining dottle of which there was little was a breeze and the pipe cleaner did its job nicely. I filled it again with some Sutliff Breckinridge, a no-nonsense tabac, and again enjoyed this pipe as a cigar replacement.
I have used it several times this last week in place of a cigar during the work day and with ne’er a problem. The chamber is getting a little cake which is good and this will definitely be an addition to my rotation for when i want a cigar during the day.
Not being a fan of aromatics I would presume that there may be an issue with the moisture and gurgle but I have not experimented with that. I will update this post in comments with updates.
Feel free to contact Oscar thru the pipes.org facebook page or thru comments here and I or he will respond.

sweet smokes

In Praise of Pipe Clenching

Or – how forgetting you’re smoking a pipe leads one to the perfect smoke.

I always recommend on pipe forums for beginning pipers to clench their pipes. This will slow down their smoking cadence to synchronize with their breathing cadence. Clenching gently forces or guides the beginning piper into the subtleties of the gentle art of pipe smoking.

What you’re after is a barely smouldering ember, from which you’ll occasionally take small sips, thereby maximizing the flavor profile. You’ll chase the ember, but gently and slowly. The aim of pipe smoking is not to produce great clouds of smoke.

An added advantage to clenching is that when the pipe is out of sight, it’ll be out of mind. Mindless smoking produces transcendent smoking. Focusing too intently, especially when your first starting out, steepens the learning curve. It’s anti-intuitive, but many things in life are, including pipe smoking. It’s a Zen state of mind. And what keeps me coming back to the pipe time and again.

Old school pipe smokers all clenched. You see this in old movies, and news clips from the era. Piping was a hands free operation. Men would pipe whilst typing, writing, or reading. Hands free. Piping wasn’t a “hobby” back then, as it has become today – it was a life style. A character builder. That’s why fathers taught their sons how to smoke a pipe. And why it was once encouraged at preparatory schools for boys. Many men smoked from dawn to dusk and lived lives significantly longer and richer than many do today.

After the Charing light and dicking around with the tamper a bit, the first and final light is lit. The pipe stays in more or less till it’s done. You then sip for flavor, with the added bonus that the pipe rarely goes out. I’d venture a guess that clenchers have a far shorter learning curve than hand holders. At least that how I see it.

Piping is also about an appreciation of time. It teaches you to be aware of the mindfulness of the present. The pipe eases you into the present moment -savor your pipe & you’ll savor this moment.

By E. Boehm

Happy Anniversary to Paul Menard

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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.
www.paulspipes.com

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Sweet smokes,
Ben

Riccardo Santia

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Behind every Artisan pipe there is the Artist. Since I began working on Pipes.org several months ago I have been wanting to bring the Artist closer to the pipe smoker. With the advent of social media and my participation therein I have met several makers and many of them I now count amongst my friends.

In previous Cob Tuesday postings I have featured Riccardo Santia several times.. His ultimate cobs are some of the finest I have seen. Imaginative and creative.

Riccardo saw my piece a few weeks ago about Missouri Meerschaum possibly bringing the corncob bulldog back to market and we began a dialog online. Based in Canada , Riccardo is a very talented maker and was glad that he took some time to answer a few questions:

Describe how Riccardo Santia pipes started

In 1990 I Picked up a briar started kit from Ginny at Pimo’s and away I went. I fell in love. Then I picked up a corncob pipe from an antique shop. I held on to it forever until the time was right. Just studying it, how it was made, the finish the feel , the look and the material. The time was right to make one like it, and it was a challenge. I read any material or videos I could find, but when it came to cobs, it was very limited. I thought how would they make this back in the day? What materials would they have used and away we went. Michelle and I just kept plugging away. The first few finishes fell apart. I had to change the mixture. After about 3 months of experimenting, I believe I had done it. R. Santia Pipes didn’t take off until I met Scott Markwood from Aristocob.com and Dave Neeb at Mkelaw Pipes. These two fellows got the ball rolling and it hasn’t stopped. Pipes and Tobacco Magazine then did a couple write ups and of course, just about everyone who purchased a pipe went on you tube and just shared their experiences, and I thank everyone out there.

How would you differentiate between what we are use to seeing today in a corncob and your creations

Missouri Meerschaum cobs, are the best in the world. They have been around since the 1800s. I wanted to take the cob to a different level or place, I wanted to make it the best possible, I guess you could say Ultimate lol. The pipe makers always seem to come up with different styles with their briars. Other pipe makers who focus on cobs have added wood shanks and quality stems and they look really nice. But not only did I want to add a new shank and stem, I wanted to so something that I have never seen anyone do yet as to my knowledge . I wanted to change the finish, something that looked, and felt like a briar and had the benefits of a cob. My partner Michelle and I, came up with a half rusticated, half smooth finish, which is our biggest seller. I also like the look of a bamboo shank, the quality of the acrylic and/or vulcanite stem and the added briar bottom or heel to prevent bottom burnout. If requested, I also offer carbonized bowls to prevent burnout, for the walls. Since its start about 2 and a half years, they are selling like corncobs lol
I wanted the smoker to be proud to smoke an Ultimate cob pipe in public. Having heads turn or asking what type of pipe is that, and not just for testing out tobacco but to be a main stay or in a rotation. I’ve had excellent reviews so far and constructive criticism. I thank everyone out there for the support. I’m also making corn dog ( bulldog) which is very large pipe, the reed style and the V-shape look.

Tell me a little about the corndog that you sent to me?
As we know MM doesn’t make bulldogs any longer. They may make a come back not sure yet. So a few years ago I thought why not bring it back, using briar shank and good quality stem. I think that one is acrylic, due to the weight of the shank, I wanted something stronger. I believe that one you have is my first attempt Corndog. The finish is a little of both rough, smooth and in between. I think that one is 3 years old. I used a small mac cob. The cob is smaller due to the dry weather they had.

What are the benefits of the Bamboo Shank?

I mostly use bamboo but occasionally use briar or oak for my shanks. I wanted to copy the look of the pipe that I had found in the antique shop. The look was beautiful, after working bamboo, I found it was strong, flexible and very light, and absorbent, I believe it absorbs the heat and moisture very well.

What or Who influences me the most?

Great question. I have many pipe makers that I admire. Along with family and friends, who support me, Along with you tubers out there who continue to offer great ideas for my next pipe.
But one name that comes to mind, would be Tom Eltang, I admire his finish. He may not remember but years ago I had asked about his stain he uses. He was so kind to speak with me about pipes for about half hour.

What is your favorite pipe besides your own?

Hmmm I have quite a few. The corn cob I found in the antique shop, the one my son Jake made out of our local field corn, Petersons , Dunhills, a Randy Willey, a Tim West and a commissioned Julius Vesz.
Im going with the one my son made me.

I want to thank Ricardo for the opportunity to chat with him about his craft and sharing a pipe with me..Check out his site at www.rsantiapipes.com

Sherlock and shag

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Sherlock Holmes does seem to have settled on the cheapest and
strongest tobacco he could find, for everyday smoking at least. And
Watson, in the early stages of their acquaintance, did the same, for
in _A Study in Scarlet_ Holmes asks if Watson has any objections to
strong tobacco, and Watson replies that he always smokes ‘ship’s’
himself. ‘Ship’s’ is corded plug, formed by placing the leaves of an
inexpensive tobacco – in Watson’s day, quite probably the inferior
“Nicotiana rustica”, rather than the now universal “N. tabacum” – on
top of one another in a long row, then rolling them up and compressing
them, originally with a thin cord, though machinery was used on a
commercial scale later. When the resulting roll was a very thin one,
the tobacco was called ‘pig-tail,’ and this form was widely smoked,
or, in the days of wooden hulls, when burning tobacco would have been
a fire hazard, chewed, by sailors.

‘Ship’s’ can still be found at specialist tobacconists, but is not
recommended for those of a weak constitution. The mere act of lighting
the pipe produces a concentrated blast of tar and nicotine at the back
of the throat, which makes breathing extremely difficult. There is no
taste as such, only a harsh, rasping sensation, and the fumes and
smell are ‘acrid’, just as Watson describes them in _The Hound of the
Baskervilles_. A marvellous line by the underrated Nigel Bruce, in one
of his films with Rathbone, sums it up very well: ‘Fresh in
here. Smells like a pub after closing time.’

If Holmes’ before breakfast pipe consisted, as Watson says in “The
Engineer’s Thumb”, of plugs and dottles from yesterday’s smokes, and
if he had been smoking ‘ship’s’ yesterday, then it is not surprising
that he sometimes left his breakfast – and other meals – untouched.

Holmes remained faithful to his early love, the strongest possible
tobacco, frequently asking Watson to arrange for vast quantities of
‘shag’ to be sent round. ‘Shag’ is a generic term for any rough-cut
tobacco, but Holmes usually insists on the strongest available.”

sweet smokes.

Used and Estate PIpe buying– an introduction

Social Media has given us the opportunity to experience the pipe world in a new dimension. Not only can we meet with and discuss pipes with the carvers online and in private message. We can also discover, commission and acquire pipes and indie blended tobaccos directly from the source. Which is a good thing.

It also has given many entrepreneurs a new marketplace whereby to sell their wares.. First it was the online message boards, which evolved into the impersonal ebay and now includes online merchants and vendors.

Be wary in your dealings with these merchants. Granted many amateur merchants are in the business for the money and quick turnaround so you may get a Dunhill or Nording for far below market value because the merchant doesn’t know what they are selling. To them a pipe is a pipe. To the experienced piper these deals are great.

Yet there are others out there who do this as a serious business. These merchants scour the internet, local yard sales and estate sales buying up pipes for pennies on the dollar and reselling them at significant mark up.. Sometimes they refurb them themselves, sometimes they send them (farm them out) out for refurb. Sometimes they don’t.

While most of these merchants are quite honest and straightforward, there are the bad apples. Treat your dealings with them online as you would treat a used car salesman.

A few interesting tidbits from others pipe-buying online:
I’ve had stems that were “shined up” with shoe polish. Yes, the thick, nasty, black shoe polish.
I’ve had bowls that were “cleaned and deodorized” with perfume. God-awful old lady perfume. Think Avon, circa 1970.
I’ve had pipes that were painted with enamel to cover up the discoloration from tar.
I’ve gotten stems that were superglued into the shanks.
And last but not least, I’ve had a few switcheroos–wrong stems on inferior bowls.
It is a caveat emptor when buying from ebay or an online merchant. I’ve learned to establish a dialogue with the seller for any pipe over a few bucks that I may have questions about, and ask as many questions as possible, even requesting more pictures via email if they’ll oblige..I would also ask if the merchant does his own restorations or if he farms them out and to what extent he monitors that Quality Control. If he seems hesitant or defensive than find another merchant.
If its an online or in a group seller than also inquire as to what other members experiences have been with the vendor. This can accomplished thru Private messaging or email. People online are for the most part very vocal about their experiences with in group merchants and online sellers. Both on the postives and negative experiences.

My Tobacco Classification / Touchstone Blends

Eric originally posted this piece on Smokers Forums and I appreciated the work he did on it. I find it a helpful way of explaining tobaccos to newcomers and to refresh my own understanding of the tobaccos that I enjoy. I PM’d asked him if I could reproduce the article. He granted me permission to republish here
by Eric Boehm
There are as many ways to classify pipe tobacco blends as there are pipe smokers, and then some. However, I have found the following list suits me. I see tobacco blends for the pipe smoker divided into 16 categories. An alternative, earlier, classification was provided by the Pipe Club of Norfolk UK, from which some of the categories originated. However, since this early list, a number of new categories have arisen, such as the Cigar Leaf Blends. Also, a number of pipe smokers have advocated against the terms “English Blends” and “Balkan Blends”, as many tobacco blends actually span the two and there really exists a continuum of sorts. So the terms “English Blends” and “Balkan Blends” have been dropped by many, in favor of the more descriptive terms “Latakia Mixtures”, which in turn is divided into “Light / Medium” and “Medium / Full”.
I am aware that this is a highly subjective exercise. And it is to be expected that everyone will have a different take on what constitutes a Touchstone Blend. Also, there will be “lumpers” and “splitters” – that is, those who feel there are too many categories and those who feel the need to split even more. What I hoped to do here, for myself really, was to set up a series of benchmark blends that I could later use as “standards” by which to judge future blends within a category. It is hoped that these lists will provide a jumping off point to begin exploring the wonderful world of pipe tobaccos for others as well.
1. Straight Virginias (non-flake, -rope etc.).
2. Virginia Flakes (Light).
3. Virginia Flakes (Full).
4. Virginia Plugs.
5. Virginia Ropes and Twists.
6. Lakeland Style.
7. Virginia / Kentucky Blends.
8. Virginia / Burley Blends.
9. Burley Blends.
10. Virginia / Perique Blends.
11. Virginia / Perique / Burley Blends.
12. Virginia / Oriental Blends.
13. Light / Medium Latakia Mixtures.
14. Medium / Full Latakia Mixtures.
15. Cigar Leaf Blends.
16. Aromatics.
1. Straight Virginias – non-flake, non-plug, non-ropes & twists.
Bulk No. 5100 Red Cake. McClelland Tobacco Company, USA. “This blend is a style of English Virginia that has seldom been seen in the United States. A sweet, exceptionally soft, fully rubbed matured cake”. Fire Cured Virginia. Cut: Ready Rubbed. Bulk.
Old Belt Ready Rubbed. W.O. Larsen, DK. “A blend of mature Orange Virginia tobaccos from the Old Belt in Virginia and North Carolina. The blend is lighted pressed into tobacco cakes, which are stored for aging. After cutting, the tobacco is rubbed out to facilitate easy filling of the pipe and an even burn. The tobacco burns exceptionally well with a cool smoke and a well-balanced and supreme natural taste”. Air Cured Virginia. Cut: Ready Rubbed. 100g Tin.
Red Ribbon. McCranie’s, USA. “A beautifully aged Red Virginia like no other. Brimming with rich, mellow flavor as only nature can provide. A special allotment of prime 2000 crop North Carolina leaf has been secured for our discriminating pipe smokers. The softest, most enjoyable straight Virginia we’ve ever smoked. With a light vacuum seal, the tobacco will continue to mellow with age”. Air cured Virginia. 50g tin.
Virginia No. 1. Mac Baren, DK. “A ready rubbed tobacco, manufactured from a selection of choice, ripe Virginia tobaccos, which gives Virginia No.1 a mild, sweet smoke”. Air cured Virginia. Flavoring: Sweet / sugar. Cut: Ready rubbed. 50g pouch, 100g tin, bulk.
Old Gowrie. Charles Rattray, DE. “This blend is a Virginia (with a hint of Perique) tobacco, rubbed-out for a finer cut”. Blender: Kohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG. Air cured Virginia, Perique. Cut: Ready Rubbed. 50g tin, 4oz tin, bulk. Note: Placed here rather than as a Virginia /Perique Blend because of the minor component of Perique.
2. Virginia Flakes (Light) –
Bulk No. 2010 Classic Virginia. McClelland Tobacco Company, USA. “This is a blend of Eastern and Middle Belt lemon, orange, and orange-red Virginias. A sweet, smooth, and zesty smoke”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia. Cut: Broken Flake. Packaging: Bulk.
Capstan Medium Navy Cut. Capstan, UK. “A medium to mild blend of carefully selected Virginia tobaccos with a natural aroma enhanced by a subtle flavour”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 50g Tin.
Hamborger Veermaster. Dan Tobacco, DE. “Classic sailor`s flake tobacco made from rich Golden Virginias, sweet and mild.. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 50g tin.
Matured Virginias, No. 24. McClelland Tobacco Company, USA. “An unusual form of Flake tobacco, its deep chestnut color results from the extended aging of full flavored Old and Middle Belt leaf very lightly seasoned with Drama. A smooth, robust tobacco good anytime for those who prefer the darker Virginia flavor. Is is especially well suited for outdoor smoking”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Oriental (Drama leaf). Cut: Broken Flake. Packaging: 50g & 100g tin.
Hal O’ the Wynd. Charles Rattray, DE. Blender: Kohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG. “A pure Virginian tobacco of a most unusual share of strength. This is a strong, sharp aged red Virginia blend that will perk you up quickly”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia. Cut: Broken Flake. Packaging: 50g & 100g tin. (Note: The homepage Kohlhase & Kopp says “Kentucky-Virginia-Perique”. Flake rubbed by hand). Note: Many consider this at the top end of the light Virginia Flake Blend, rather than as a full.
Fog City Selection: Union Square. G. L. Pease, USA. “A blended, sliced cake of high-grade flue cured leaf, from beautiful, sweet brights to deep, earthy reds, without the added sugars and flavorings common to many Virginia flakes. It’s rich on the palate, evolving in layers with the clean, natural sweetness of pure tobaccos. It offers a pleasant room note, and a delightful finish. For those seeking the pure Virginia experience, try Union Square”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 2oz & 8oz tins. Released in May, 2009. Note: Many consider this at the top end of the light Virginia Flake Blend, rather than as a full.
3. Virginia Flakes (Full) –
Full Virginia Flake. Samuel Gawith, UK. “Samuel Gawith Full Virginia Flake is for lovers of pure pressed Virginias. Created in the heart of Lakeland, the hot-pressed blended Virginias take on a delicious and distinctive dark colour that creates a pipe smokers dream, a feeling of calm, serenity and anticipation of the next pipeful. A “must have” for all Virginia lovers. Medium strength”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 50g tin.
Best Brown Flake. Samuel Gawith, UK. “A firm favourite for the pipe smoker looking for a medium strength, gentle and slow burning tobacco. Manufactured using hand-stripped flue cured Virginias with no flavours added, Best Brown will reward with a cool, sweet smoke with a delectable aroma and good sidestream. Mild to medium”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 50g tin.
Personal Reserve: Blackwoods Flake. McClelland Tobacco Company, USA. “The characteristic, natural sweetness of mellow, Red Virginias mingles inextricably with the richness and inherently spicy aroma of Black Stoved Virginias in this doubly aged red and black all-Virginia cake mixture. An artistic achievement in tobaccos for the pipe, this beautiful mottled flake is incomparable in smoothness, balance and refinement”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia. Cut: Broken Flake. Packaging: 50g & 100g tin.
Personal Reserve: Dark Star. McClelland Tobacco Company, USA. “Years before tinning, this tobacco begins as bright yellow, sugary top grade Virginia and Carolina leaf. Through careful triple aging, pressing and stoving, it becomes rich, cool and dark. A seductively spicy aroma develops during the extended maturing process to complement the complex flavor of this concentrated, smooth broken flake, which is easily rubbed out to suit any occasion”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia. Cut: Broken Flake. Packaging: 50g & 100g tin.
Marlin Flake. Charles Rattray, DE. Blender: Kohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG. A companion to Old Gowrie. A shade darker, greater strength, different aroma, but otherwise a tobacco in the same tradition”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 50g & 100g tin, Bulk.
4. Virginia Plugs –
Cut Virginia Plug. Fribourg & Treyer, DE. “ A full bodied, medium to full strength pressed flake. Very complex from start to finish with a well balanced taste that both boldly spicy and subtlety sweet”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 50g tin.
New World Collection: JackKnife Plug. G. L. Pease, USA. “JackKnife Plug – dark-fired Kentucky leaf and ripe red Virginia tobaccos, with their deep, earthy flavors, are layered on a central core of golden flue-cured for a hint of bright sweetness, then pressed and matured in cakes, and finally cut into 2oz blocks. Slice it thick and rub it out for a ribbon cut, thin for a shag, or chop it into cubes. The choice is yours”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Kentucky, Virginia. Cut: Plug. Packaging: 2oz tin. Introduced in January, 2011.
New World Collection: Triple Play. G. L. Pease, USA. “Ripe red and bright flue-cured tobaccos are joined by piquant Acadian Perique and a balanced measure of smoky dark-fired Kentucky. The leaf is pressed and matured in cakes before being cut into 2oz bars, resulting in a bold blend for Virginia and Perique fans”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Kentucky, Virginia, Perique. Cut: Plug. Packaging: 2oz bar. Introduced in May, 2011.
Peterson’s Perfect Plug. Peterson, IE. Blender: Kohlhase, Kopp & Co. “This excellent plug tobacco comprises selected Virginia leaf from Africa and Brazil blended with Burley leaf from Malawi. The tobaccos are lightly cased before drying and pressing and then are heated and stored for 2 weeks before cutting. The result is a full bodied yet fruity blend, sure to appeal to the experienced pipesmoker”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia. Cut: Plug. Packaging: 50g tin.
Kendal Plug. Samuel Gawith, UK. “Whoever knows Samuel Gawith knows their famous Kendal Plug. The tobacco has a naturally sweet smell, and when burning it produces a very pleasant aroma. The taste tends to be sweetish, particularly at the beginning, and then slowly the sweetness gives some way to a whole range of taste variations, all very pleasant. It burns so slowly and evenly. A very satisfying smoke”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Cut: Plug. Note: This may be better placed in the Lakeland category.
5. Virginia Ropes and Twists –
Black Irish Twist. Gawith, Hoggarth, & Co., UK. “All our twist tobacco varieties are manufactured by the same spinning process using dark fired wrapper leaves. The filler is again, predominantly dark fired leaf with the addition of a small percentage of dark air cured Indian leaf. They are therefore strong tobaccos. Black Twist, because the cooking process removes some of the stronger tar and nicotine elements, provides a milder smoke than the brown twist”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia. Cut: Rope. Packaging: Bulk.
Black XXX Rope. Samuel Gawith, UK. “This tobacco is not for the faint of heart. Strong and robust smoke”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia. Cut: Rope. Packaging: Bulk
Brown Rope No. 4. Samuel Gawith, UK. “Twisted forms of aged dark brown leaf. Enormous flavor aroma and strength tamed with slow puffing”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Cut: Rope. Packaging: 50 g tin or Bulk.
Sweet Rum Twist. Gawith, Hoggarth, & Co., UK. “This is a twist made from the same ingredients as the Black and Brown Irish X. It has additional Rum flavoring added during manufacture. Again, this is a very strong tobacco as it does not undergo the pressure cooking process”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia. Flavoring: Rum. Cut: Rope. Packaging: Bulk. Note: This could well be placed as a Lakeland.
6. Lakeland Style –
Best Brown Flake. Samuel Gawith, UK. “A firm favourite for the pipe smoker looking for a medium strength, gentle and slow burning tobacco. Manufactured using hand-stripped flue cured Virginias with no flavours added. Best Brown will reward with a cool, sweet smoke with a delectable aroma and good sidestream. Mild to medium”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 50g Tin.
Broken Scotch Cake. Gawith, Hoggarth, & Co., UK. ”A very mild blend, using predominantly flue-cured Virginia, but with the addition of some sun-cured both to cool and sweeten the smoke. A rough-cut into very coarse pieces also contributes to cooling the smoke”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia. Cut: Coarse Cut. Packaging: 50g tin & Bulk.
Dark Birdseye. Gawith, Hoggarth, & Co., UK. “Manufactured from Dark tobacco ‘whole leaf’ rather than strips, the mid-rib (or stem) gives the ‘birds eye’ effect when cut. A strong smoke which was particularly favored by the fishermen as the finer cut meant the tobacco was easier to light and to keep-in on board ship when the weather was bad”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: Bulk.
Ennerdale Flake. Gawith, Hoggarth & Co., UK. “Our best selling flake by a wide margin. Predominately virginia leaf from Brazil, Zimbabwe and Malawi (86%) but with the addition of sun cured Malawi (10%) to add sweetness, strength and to cool the smoke and Malawi Burley (4%) to “carry the flavour” in addition to its cooling and strength qualities. (Burley is very good at absorbing casings and flavours) A background flavour of Almond is enhanced with the addition of fruit flavours, vanilla, and the special ‘English type’ flavours which give this tobacco its distinctive, yet typical ‘English’ Aroma associated with the UK best selling brands such as Condor, St Bruno and mellow Virginia”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia. Flavoring: Fruit / Citrus, Almond, Vanilla. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 50g tin, Bulk.
Bob’s Chocolate Flake. Gawith, Hoggarth, & Co., UK. “The main characteristics of this flake come from the 8% Latakia included in the blend and the smooth chocolate aroma. Brazilian, Zimbabwe, Malawi virginia leaf make up 82% of the blend providing a mild/Medium smoke cooled with the addition of 8% Malawi sun cured and 2% Malawi Burley. The latakia cools but does also add strength and aroma. The cocoa casings and chocolate top flavours are rounded off with vanillas and other flavours providing sweet notes”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia, Latakia. Flavoring: Alcohol /Liquor, Cocoa / Chocolate, Vanilla. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 50 tin & bulk.
Rum Flake. Gawith, Hoggarth, & Co., UK. “The ‘Christmas cake’ of all our tobaccos. A very rich, sweet fully flavoured blend. The main feature is the high proportion of naturally sweet sun-cured tobaccos in the blend – over 40% Only 30% Virginia leaf, with the rest of the blend coming from burleys and Dark-air cured contribute to a strong, but rewarding smoke. The whole blend is cased in maple sugars to further enhance the natural sweetness of the sun cured leaf and then rounded off with a dash of rum”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia. Flavoring: Rum, Maple. Cut: Broken Flake. Packaging: 50g tis & bulk.

7. Virginia / Kentucky Blends –
660: Silver Flake. Solani, DE. Blender: R.L. Will. “An incredible blend of premium dark red and sweet Virginias from the “border belt”, light yellow Virginia from South Carolina and dark-fired, spicy Kentucky. Slow burning and because no flavoring has been added, this blend has a real tobacco taste”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Kentucky, Virginia. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 50g & 100g tin.
Three Nuns Original. Bell’s. Blender: Orlik Tobacco Company A/S, DK. “A blend of dark fired and sun cured tobaccos mixed with the finest Brazilian Lights to produce the unique flavour and mellow smoking characteristics for which Three Nuns is famous”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Kentucky, Virginia. Cut: Curly Cut. Packaging: 50 or 100g tins. Note: In the original formula, from Imperial Tobacco, Three Nuns was a VA-PER mixture.
Original Mixtures: Cumberland. G. L. Pease, USA. “Robust and possessing a subdued sweetness, Cumberland is a delightfully orchestrated suite of American tobaccos, featuring a rare and exquisite mahogany Kentucky, aged in bales for twenty years. Red and matured Virginias establish a theme; the Kentucky and a pianissimo of Perique create the variations. Pure, natural tobacco flavors are harmonized by delicate arpeggios and underscored by deep, resonant tones. The coda is lovely and lingering – a perfect finish to a rich performance. Best savored slowly”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Kentucky, Virginia, Perique. Cut: Coarse Cut. Packaging: 2oz & 8oz tin. Introduced in April, 2002. Note: An unusual blend that is not really a touchstone for this category.
8. Virginia / Burley Blends –
Golden Sliced (Red). Orlik Tobacco Company A/S, DK. “A delightful blend of golden and full body Virginibesta tobaccos with a touch of Burley. A fine natural sweetness in taste and aroma characterizes Orlik Golden Sliced. The cut is the traditional Navy Cut Flake i.e. pressed tobacco and cut into slices. Rub the tobacco slices gently before filling your pipe”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 50g Pouch, 50g & 100g tins.
Long Golden Flake (No. 71). Reiner, DE. Blender: R.L. Will. “A very special blend of golden Virginias, a little “white” Burley, and a touch of Perique to make things interesting. Pressed into long flakes, sliced, then rolled in the tin in long strips”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia, Perique. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 100g tin.
University Flake. Peterson, IE. Blender: Kohlhase, Kopp & Co. “Originally manufactured in Ireland by Murray, and now manufactured in Germany by Kohlhase & Kopp. The new tin description reads “An easy smoking blend of fine Virginias and Burley tobaccos, made the traditional way.” Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia. Flavoring: Plum. A light, berry-like top dressing applied that is evident in the smoke. The K&H website describes it as “pflaume” which is the German word for plum. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 50g Tin.
Original Mixtures: Barbary Coast. G. L. Pease, USA. “The finest cube-cut Burley, chosen for its deep, nutty flavors, forms a robust foundation for this sophisticated blend. Rich, red Virginia tobaccos are added for their subtle sweetness and complexity, while the unique spice of Perique provides added dimension. A delicate kiss of Brandy polishes the blend to a perfect finish. Barbary Coast is delightfully satisfying, with hints of black walnut, dark chocolate, and dried fruits. The perfect “all-day” smoke”! Curing Group: Sun Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia, Perique. Flavoring: Brandy. Cut: Cube cut. Packaging: 2oz & 8oz tin. Introduced in March, 2001. Note: The addition of a brandy casing and a component of Perique make this an unusual blend – a type of aromatic burley.
Stonehaven. Esoterica Tobacciana, J.F. Germain & Son, UK. “A marriage of air-cured leaf and Burley with selected dark Virginia. Hard pressed and aged to produce brown flakes with dark undertones. A traditional English flake favored by experienced pipe smokers”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 8oz bag. Note: A highly atypical blend -definitely not a touchstone blend for the category. Included here to illustrate the absolute limits of the style. An oddball and an “envelope pusher” – but worth trying when available.

9. Burley Blends –
Carter Hall. John Middleton, Inc., USA. “Burley blended smoking mixture”. Curing Group:Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 1.5oz Pouch.
Prince Albert. John Middleton Inc., USA. “Crimp-cut, mild smoking mixture. Made in the USA”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia (minor). Cut: Ribbon.
Half & Half. Pinkerton Tobacco, USA. “Burley based pipe tobacco. Made in the USA”. Heavy casing of Anise. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia. Flavoring: Anise. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 50g Pouch, 100g Tin. Note: Originally from an American Tobacco 19th century formula. Originally, it was a local Virginia favorite for both cigarettes and pipe tobacco.
Burley London Blend. Mac Baren, DK. “Introduced in 1965 and consists mainly of carefully selected Burley tobaccos. Just a little Virginia has been added to give the blend a natural sweetness. You will notice the slight natural chocolate note, which is found in all good Burley tobacco. The very special top flavor in combination with the tobaccos gives you a very distinct smoking pleasure”. Curing Group: Sun Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia (minor). Flavoring: Cocoa /Chocolate. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 100g Tin.
Navy Flake. Mac Baren, DK. “A mild flake blended from the finest Burley tobaccos with added ripe Virginias and Cavendish. Navy Flake is light burning, making the lighting of the pipe very easy”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Cavendish, Virginia, Flavoring: Rum. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 50g Pouch, 100g tin. Introduced in 1965.
Wilke Nut Brown Burley. Pipeworks & Wilke, USA. Blender: Carole Burns. “A distinctive blend of aged cube cut Burley. An old fashioned slow burning tobacco with a naturally pleasant aroma, and no added sweeteners”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia, Turkish. Cut: Cube. Packaging: Bulk.
10. Virginia / Perique Blends –
Escudo Navy Deluxe. Peter Stokkebye, DK. “A combination of full bodied Virginia from North Carolina and Virginia blended with Perique from Louisiana are the cornerstones in Escudo. The blend is pressed and matured before it is spun and cut into coins. This process ensures the unique character of Escudo. Produced by the Cope brothers from 1870 to 1936, at which point they were bought by Gallaher. Gallaher produced Escudo until 1994. A&C Petersen began production in 1997, with the original presses. Now blended by Peter Stokkebye, imported and distributed by Villager Stokkebye International”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Perique. Cut: Curly Cut / Coins. Packaging: 50g tin.
St. James Flake. Samuel Gawith, UK. “A sumptuous blend of Virginias and Perique, this big, bold British style flake incorporates a generous proportion of St. James Parish, LA perique”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia, Perique. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 50g Tin.
Luxury Bullseye Flake. Peter Stokkebye, DK. “A blend of ripe Virginia tobacco spiced with pure Louisiana Perique. The distinctive aroma of Perique combined with the natural sweetness of Virginia tobaccos provides a wonderful characteristic taste. The center of mellow, fermented Black Cavendish serves to smoother the general impression and rounding the taste. It is all a handcrafted process from selecting the best tobacco, blending, rolling, cutting, and packing. The result is an unparalleled smoking experience”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Black Cavendish, Virginia, Perique. Cut: Curly Cut. Packaging: Bulk.
633 Virginia Flake with Perique. Solani, DE. Blender: R.L. Will. “A matured virginia, pressed flake, with premium perique”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Perique. Cut: Flake. Packaging: 50g tin.
Bayou Morning Flake. Cornell & Diehl, USA. Blender: Bob Runowski. “Bayou Morning Flake is a much different tobacco from original bayou Morning. This is a very dark brown crumbly flake. To my taste it is very mellow and smooth with just the right amount of Perique”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia, Perique. Cut: Broken Flake. Packaging:50g tin.
Fog City Selection: Fillmore. G. L. Pease, USA. “A thick-sliced, broken flake in the Scottish tradition. Ripe red Virginia tobaccos are combined with a generous measure of fine Louisiana Perique, and then pressed to marry the components and deepen the flavors. The cakes are sliced and gently broken before tinning. Fillmore presents an elegant sweetness and delightful piquancy, enhanced by a creamy richness that develops throughout the bowl. Sit back, and enjoy a lovely,leisurely smoke”! Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Perique. Cut: Broken Flake. Packaging: 2oz tin. Released in June, 2006.
Bulk No.2015 Virginia Flake. McClelland Tobacco Company, USA. “This tobacco is made from rich, orange and Red Virginias to which enough St. James Perique has been added to create a refreshing smoke”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia, Perique. Cut: Broken Flake. Packaging: Bulk.
Luxury Navy Flake. Peter Stokkebye, DK. “Very mature Old Belt flue-cured Virginia’s spiced with Louisiana Perique”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia, Perique. Cut: Flake. Packaging: Bulk.
Personal Reserve: St. James Woods. McClelland Tobacco Company, USA. “A highly sophisticated broken Flake of matured Red and Black stoved Virginias pressed with the finest Louisiana Perique. This beautiful, mottled tobacco has an especially deep, rich character with that mysterious and compelling aroma that is Perique’s alone. A truly satisfying delight for natural Virginia pipe tobacco”. Curing Group: Fire Cured. Contents: Virginia, Perique. Cut: Broken Flake. Packaging: 50g & 100g tin.
11. Virginia / Perique / Burley Blends –
Original Mixtures: Haddo’s Delight. G. L. Pease, USA. “Haddo’s Delight is a stout blend of several Virginia tobaccos with a generous measure of long-cut Perique. Unflavored Green River black Cavendish and a little air-cured white Burley ribbon provide fullness, body, and a bit of extra strength. Finally, an exclusive process darkens and marries the mixture, and gives the blend a subtle tin aroma of cocoa and dried fruit. The flavor is full on the palate, earthy, slightly sweet and intriguingly piquant, with overtones of figs and raisins. A wonderful blend for the Perique lover”! Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Black Cavendish, Virginia, Perique. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 2oz, 8oz & 16 oz tins. Introduced in August, 2000.
126: Old Joe Krantz. Cornell & Diehl, USA. Blender: Bob Runowski. “Ribbon and coarse cut burleys, perique and red virginia. Shades of brown with the characteristic mustiness of perique”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia, Perique, Cut: Coarse Cut. Packaging: Bulk.
Exhausted Rooster. Cornell & Diehl, USA. Blender: Toney / Tarler. “C&D’s annual blend for the 2008 Chicago Show. A tasty flake of Virginias, Dark Fired Burley and a dash of Perique”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia, Perique. Cut: Broken Flake. Packaging: 2 & 8 oz tins.
107: Haunted Bookshop. Cornell & Diehl, USA. Blender: Bob Runowski. “A predominantly Burley mixture with a touch of red Virginia and Perique”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia, Perique. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: Bulk. Note: some may place this blend in the Virginia / Burley Blend category on account of the heavy influence of the burley, but the inclusion of Perique brings it here.
12. Virginia / Oriental Blends –
Original Mixtures: Cairo. G. L. Pease, USA. “Cairo is a wonderfully complex mixture of red, orange and bright Virginia tobaccos, exotic oriental leaf, and just a whisper of Perique. The flavor is naturally sweet, slightly nutty, delicately spicy and rich. Subtle citrus-like notes harmoniously support the more robust flavors of the darker Virginias. A medium-bodied tobacco with a delicate aroma, Cairo will satisfy Virginia lovers and the connoisseur of oriental mixtures alike”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Perique, Oriental. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 2 & 8 oz tins. Introduced March, 2000. Note: Due to the presence of Perique, some may wish to acknowledge this as a Virginia / Perique Blend, however to my palate the Perique is a very insignificant component to this blend.
Fog City Selection: Embarcadero. G. L. Pease, USA. “Rich, ripe red virginias are combined with top-grade Izmir leaf, pressed and aged in cakes, then sliced into flakes and tinned. The result is a wonderfully fragrant, natural blend with subdued sweetness, more “brut” than “demi-sec”, delightful toasty flavors, and hints of nuttiness and roasted coffee. Satisfying and refreshing; a comforting smoke, with enough complexity to keep it interesting”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Turkish (Izmir Leaf). Cut: Coarse Cut. Packaging: 2 & 8 oz tins. Introduced July, 2007.
Dunhill Early Morning Pipe. Orlik Tobacco Company A/S, DK. “Sweet Oriental carefully blended with Bright and Red Virginias, pressed and lightly stoved. Great as the `first pipe` arousing the palate for the further pleasures of the day”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Oriental. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 50g. Tin, 100g Tin. Previously released by Murray’s and Sons, UK.
Bulk No. 2045 Oriental Mixture. McClelland Tobacco Company, USA. “This is a soft and sweet, rich in light Orientals and Carolina tobaccos with less Latakia than No.2040. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia, Latakia (slight), Orientals. Cut: Broken Flake. Packaging: Bulk.
Oriental No. 14. McClelland Tobacco Company, USA. ”Dark with Latakia and Black Virginias, deeply seasoned with Orientals, this is the classic full Scottish smoke”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Oriental. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 50g Tin, 100g Tin.
Grand Orientals: Drama Reserve. McClelland Tobacco Company, USA. “The famed Drama leaf is sweet and subtle with a natural olive oil fragrance. It is grown on the Southern slopes and foothills of the Rhodope Mountains, the Classic Drama Basma District in Greek Eastern Macedonia, and includes the renowned Mahalia. It is refreshing, delicate, intriguing. This blend is designed to demonstrate just why the classic top-grade Drama leaf is so celebrated”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Oriental. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 50g & 100g tin.
Campanile. James Fox, DE. Blender: Planta. “A blend of Virginian and flavoured with pure Turkish leaf. It embodies absolutely no black tobaccos and is a blend which is delightfully smooth and sweet down to the last shred”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Turkish. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 50g Tin.
Oriental. Robert McConnell, DE. Blender: Kohlhase, Kopp und Co. KG.”A century old formula, traditional mixture of Oriental and Virginia tobaccos. The formula contains a big fatty amount of Macedonia, Virginia Bright, Red Virginia and Cavendish added for even more sweetness”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Cavendish, Virginia, Oriental. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 50g Tin.
Oriental No. 40. Peretti, USA. “A blend entirely made of tobaccos from the Near East. It has richness and full flavor”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Oriental, Turkish. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: Bulk.
13. Light / Medium Latakia Mixtures –
Original Mixtures: Caravan. G. L. Pease, USA. “Rich, smoky Cyprian Latakia and a variety of wonderful Oriental tobaccos set the stage for the blend. Lemon and Red Virginias provide support, while adding a hint of sweetness. Finally, just a touch of air cured leaf is added for body. Caravan is full and exotic; rich and spicy. A classic Balkan style blend with our own special touch”. Curing Group: Fire Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia, Latakia, Oriental. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 2 & 8oz tins. Note: Because of the presence of Latakia, GL Pease’s Caravan is placed here in the “Light / Medium Latakia” category, however, to my palate, the Latakia presence is subservient to the Virginias and Orientals which predominate, which could lead some to place this as an “Virginia / Oriental Blend”.
Fog City Selection: Ashbury. G. L. Pease, USA. “An alluring assortment of exotic oriental tobaccos is generously blended with bright and red Virginia leaf. Finally, just enough Cyprus Latakia is added to provide an alluring smokiness, resulting in a tobacco that can best be described as a light-medium Balkan mixture. This is the blend for gentlemen with a Bohemian spirit and a sense of adventure”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Oriental. Cut: Coarse Cut. Packaging: 2oz Tin. Released in October, 2005.
Old London Series: Chelsea Morning. G. L. Pease, USA. “Sweet red and bright Virginias, fragrant orientals, a bit of rich Cyprus Latakia, and just a pinch of Perique. The leaf is blended in layers, briefly pressed, then sliced and tumbled into ribbons. Lively and engaging, with a subtle fruitiness, and an elegant, creamy texture, it’s a great bowl to accompany the morning cup”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Perique, Oriental. Cut: Ready Rubbed. Packaging: 2oz & 8oz tins. Introduced in October, 2009.
Classic Collection: Blackpoint. G. L. Pease, USA. “Blackpoint is a luxurious blend of red and lemon Virginias, Cyprian Latakia, exotic oriental tobaccos, and a perfect measure of Louisiana perique for a lively, piquant finish. The smoke is creamy and lingering, engaging the palate with a mouth-filling array of wonderful flavours. Reminiscent of raisins and stewed figs, fireplaces in the fall, walks in the forest… Perhaps the most complex in the collection. Perfect for evenings”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Perique, Orienta. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 2oz & 8oz tins. Released in March, 2003.
Classic Collection: Kensington. G. L. Pease, USA. “Kensington is a Balkan style blend with restraint. Bright and red Virginias are combined with richly flavoured leaf from the orient and Cyprian Latakia in perfect measure for a wonderfully balanced smoke. Slightly sweeter than Charing Cross, and not quite as full due to a more delicate hand with the Latakia. Spicy, with an occasional suggestion of orange blossom. Complex, but never ponderous. A slightly lighter variant of the classic style”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Oriental. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 2oz &, 8oz tins. Released in March, 2003.
Dunhill London Mixture. Orlik Tobacco Company A/S, DK. “Skillfully blended Latakia with Virgina and Turkish. Pleasant aroma and a flavor never tiring”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Turkish. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 50g Tin. Previously released by Murray’s and Sons, UK.
Dunhill Standard Mixture Medium. Orlik Tobacco Company A/S, DK. “Latakia, Orientals, East Carolina and Georgian, all lightly toasted. A slightly heavier companion to DUNHILL’s Standard Mixture Mild. Traditional English”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Oriental. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 50g Tin. Previously released by Murray’s and Sons, UK.
And So To Bed. Esoterica Tobacciana, J.F. Germain & Son, UK. “Finest grade Virginia and Maryland type tobaccos are carefully aged and blended with Greek Oriental” leaf and top-grade Cyprian Latakia. The blend is then specially processed and additionally matured to produce a mellow full strength smoke with rich flavor and unique aroma”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia, Latakia, Oriental, Maryland. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 50g Tin.
Margate. Esoterica Tobacciana, J.F. Germain & Son, UK. “A classical English mixture done in the “old style” of many of the fine tobaccos that have now disappeared from the market place. Choice Orientals and generous quantities of premium Cyprian Latakia keynote this rich, full bodied blend. A well balanced, robust and eminently satisfying smoke”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Latakia, Oriental. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 50g Tin, 8oz. Note: This blend could just as easily be placed in the “Medium / Full Latakia Mixture”, however, to my palate, the Orientals ride over the Latakia here.
Squadron Leader. Samuel Gawith, UK. “Bright and Dark Virginias blended together with Latakia and Turkish leaf to make this a cool medium bodied smoke”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Turkish. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 50g Tin. Note: I have placed this blend here, rather than under Virginia / Oriental Blends, because of the presence of the Latakia component.
Bald Headed Teacher. 4noggins, USA. Blender: Rich Gottlieb. “The old-fashioned burley taste comes through in full form, nutty and brisk, hitting on tangy notes along the way as the Virginia components catch on. There’s just enough Latakia to provide no more than perhaps a seasoning effect”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia, Latakia. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: Bulk. Note: Some may place this blend in the Virginia / Burley Blend category, however, the presence of Latakia suggests a Light / Medium Latakia Mixture placement.
101: Morley’s Best. Cornell & Diehl, USA. Blender: Bob Runowski. “This is a combination of three Burleys (rough cut, white & cubed), Virginia flake and Cyprian Latakia”. Blend Notes: Reminiscent of old original Blue Boar blend. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Burley, Virginia, Latakia. Cut: Coarse cube cut. Packaging: Bulk. Note: Some may place this blend in the Virginia /Burley Blend category, however, the presence of Latakia suggests a Light /Medium Latakia Mixture placement.
Frog Morton. McClelland Tobacco Company. “An exceptionally dark, rich and full Latakia Mixture designed for those who desire really satisfying Latakia flavor but want a pipe tobacco soft enough to smoke anytime. It took Frog Morton four years designed for smoking in quiet serenity. It is his proudest achievement”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Latakia. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 50g Tin, 100g Tin.
Frog Morton across the Pond. McClelland Tobacco Company, USA. “Remarkably cool-smoking, delightfully fragrant. Frog Morton journeyed far across the pond to find the exotic components for this rich, smooth pipe tobacco blend enhanced with rare Syrian Latakia. He says it was worth the trip”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Oriental. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 50g Tin, 100g Tin.
Frog Morton on the Town. McClelland Tobacco Company, USA. “Frog Morton formulated this exceptionally mellow blend, fragrant with Basma, smooth and rich with Latakia, for his evening at the opera. This is an elegant companion to the original, soft, full Latakia blend. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Latakia, Oriental, Turkish. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 50g Tin, 100g Tin.
Esoterica: Penzance. “A wonderful complex secret recipe of the finest Virginias, choice Turkish and Orientals and Cyprian Latakia, all hand blended together, hard pressed and broad cut into thick flakes. Long matured and easily crumbled to facilitate pipe filling. This is one of the finest traditional English Flakes available anywhere”.
14. Medium / Full Latakia Mixtures –
066. Star of the East. Cornell & Diell, USA. “One half Latakia with a generous portion of Turkish and sweetened with stoved red Virginia”. Curing Group: Air Cured. Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Turkish. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: Bulk.
Captain Earles: Ten Russians. “Ten Russians is a true delight for lovers of Latakia. Rich and full bodied, it is pressed to deliver a perfectly balanced blend to the true aficionado of full English tobaccos”.
Heirloom Collection: Westminster. G.L. Pease, USA. “The very essence of the traditional English mixture; rich, elegant, refined, and exquisitely balanced. New World red Virginias are enhanced with a gentle caress of bright leaf, then lavishly seasoned with rich oriental tobaccos and generous measures of noble Cyprus mountain Latakia. Westminster is a satisfying blend, presenting layers of flavor to delight the senses and develop in the bowl. A perfect everyday English mixture. Full-bodied”. Curing Group: Fire Cured. Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Orientas. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 2oz & 8oz tins. Introduced in January, 2007. Note: A detailed review of the blend has been posted at Luxury Tobacco Reviews.
Original Mixtures: Odyssey. G.L. Pease, USA. “Odyssey is huge – the biggest of the Pease blends. It’s loaded with Latakia and harmonized by exotic Orientals. Wonderful red and jet-black stoved Virginias provide a perfect counterpoint”. Curing Group: Fire Cured. Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Oriental. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 2oz & 8oz tins. Released in January, 2002.
Classic Collection: Abingdon. GL Pease, USA. “Abingdon is the fullest Balkan style blend in the range. It is rich and robust, powerful and forthright, yet still possessing subtlety and finesse. Dark flavors of wood and leather mingle with delicate undercurrents of sweetness, and deep earthy notes, while the oriental tobaccos provide hints of their verdant, sometimes herbaceous character. A big Balkan blend, reminding us once more of what these blends used to be. Because of the high percentage of dark and oriental tobaccos, it’s recommended to pack Abingdon a little less firmly than you might a lighter blend”. Curing Group: Fire Cured. Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Oriental, Turkish. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 2oz & 8oz tins. Released in July, 2003.
Classic Collection: Charing Cross. G.L. Pease, USA. “Charing Cross is a traditional Balkan style blend of fine Virginia leaf, richly seasoned with smoky Cyprian Latakia, and spiced with the exquisite and exotic tobaccos of the orient. This is the one for Latakia lovers. Hints of roasted cocoa beans, orange zest, green pepper and campfires. This is the big one – fuller than Blackpoint, and a little less sweet”. Curing Group: Flue Cured. Contents: Virginia, Latakia, Orienta. Cut: Ribbon. Packaging: 2oz & 8oz tins. Released in March, 2003.
Commonwealth Mixture. Samuel Gawith, UK. “Tin Description: 50% heavily steamed Virginia & 50% Cyprus Latakia.
Cornell & Diehl: Pirate Kake. “A smooth, robust blend with LOTS of exceptional Latakia accompanied by Turkish and cavendish cut Burley. This is the blend for the Latakia lover. No Virginias. Latakia at 70%”.
15. Cigar Leaf Blends –
GL Pease. Key Largo. “Deep, Earthy and Creamy. A distinguished broken flake of Red Virginia tobaccos, small leaf orientals, and a measure of Cyprus Latakia, spiced with velvety cigar wrapper leaf. Key Largo develops throughout the bowl, offering a satisfying and sturdy smoking experience, with beautifully balanced, richly textured layers of cocoa, dark roasted coffee, leather, and a lively, lingering finish”.
Cornell & Diehl: Habana Daydreams. “A flavorful blend of Virginias with Perique and unsweetened Black Cavendish. The mixture also features a dash of Latakia and a spoonful of cigar leaf”.
Cornell & Diehl: Billy Budd. “A heavy Latakia blend with rough-cut burley, bright Virginia flake and a good amount of rough-cut cigar leaf”.
16. Aromatics –
Lane’s 1Q Pipe Tobacco. “Lane’s 1Q Pipe Tobacco is amazingly popular. Void of any factory packaging and very unremarkably named, it’s surprising that Lane 1Q pipe tobacco easily ranks among the best-selling pipe tobacco in the world. But just a few puffs in, you’ll realize why. The tobacco selection consists of a perfectly proportioned blend of Golden Cavendish complimented by a touch of fire-cured Cavendish. Mellow in body, but big on flavor, this smooth, aromatic tobacco delivers a rich, sweet, and smooth experience that’s layered with notes of vanilla, oak, and fruit”.
Mac Baren: 7 Seas Regular. “Black Cavendish and Golden Burleys. A soft and exceptionally mellow smoke combined to create a delightful, aromatic taste”.
Captain Black: Regular (White). “The Captain Black blends are a line of aromatic Cavendish concoctions that enjoy an immensely widespread popularity the world over. This, the original mixture, combines rich black Cavendish with mellow Burleys”.
Cornell & Diehl: Autumn Evening. “A Red Virginia cavendish cased with a delicate maple flavor. An exceptionally smooth aromatic”.
Boswell’s Aromatic Blends. Berry Cobbler. “Hints of spice in the aroma that reminds me of a berry cobbler just out of the oven. Intense fruit aromas with a taste that is smooth the whole time. A light smoke and definitely a crowd pleaser”.
Boswell’s Aromatic Blends. Christmas Cookie. “Very mild blend which Dan has created by hand to maintain each tobacco’s individual characteristics. Christmas Cookie, tempts the most discriminating palate. Creates a delightful aroma. The name says it all. Created Nov. 2002. Here is an ideal tobacco for a Christmas gift, a tobacco that every pipe smoker will enjoy as a real Holiday Treat”!

Pipe Appraisal / Valuation

Hi, I am looking for assistance in obtaining an honest appraisal of a very old Meeschaum pipe. Are you able to assist? I have full details & photos available. I know the pipe is quite valuable, but do not know to what extent. Thanks in anticipation. Jon Reeves