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What they smoked…Gerald Ford


Gerald Ford smoked about 8=10 bowls a day historian tell us.. His favorite pipes were American Kaywoodies. But what did he smoke.

From the research it appears that his favorite blend was the House Of Windsor Field and Stream.. A wonderful aromatic of burley and black cavendish with a coating of vanilla and black licorice.. With that in the pipe and that aroma you could probably understand the amount he smoked..

While Field and Stream is no longer being blended, Sutliff tobacco has reinvigorated the blend giving it a new name, Great Outdoors. A great midday smoke while working outside or a nice relaxing smoke for sitting by the fireplace contemplating the worlds events.

Happy Friday

What they smoked #1


Bing Crosby is a legend. an actor, a singer and yes a pipe smoker.. Everyone has seen Bing smoke his pipes. But did you ever wonder what he smoked in it as a regular tobacco.. From time to time we come across these answers for historical figures thus and will attempt to see if the tobacco is still being made. So that you too “can swing on a star and carry moonbeams home in a jar”..

Bing’s favorite blend is still available by C&D and is called crooner
Crooner is an American classic blend of slow-burning, nutty cube cut Burley and the sweet and fragrant notes added by the herb, deertongue. It is lovingly recreated by C&D from a recipe from the late Bob Runowski, who used to blend it with, and for, Bing Crosby.

Sherlock and shag

meer monday

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.