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From: ????????????????????????? (Steve Masticola)
Subject: Pipes Digest #7 (April 3, 1989)

If anyone here is near Princeton, I'd recommend that you stop in at John
David, Ltd. in the Quakerbridge Mall. It's not just a run-of-the-mall
smokeshop; John and his son know their tobacco (which I admit I'm a bit
ignorant about, but people like Elias and Bill are educating me!) and are
almost embarrasingly helpful. 

John turned me on to African, which he had used as the major component of an
English blend. (I think there was also some Virginia and just a small shade
of Latakia.) African has a "naturally sweet" taste - I didn't know what that
meant, and asked. Later, as I was walking around the mall puffing away on my
full-bent Peterson, I discovered that there was a sweet taste to the smoke;
not overpowering, but present. Quite nice, after some of the heavy blends
I'd been smoking for the past couple of weeks. (I also noticed that I was
being "given the eye" by some rather attractive young ladies, which was also
pleasant! Perhaps many women still do enjoy the smell of a pipe. :-9

Also this week, I got a reply from Pipe Collectors International, and sent
away for a year's subscription. They publish a bimonthly tabloid newsletter,
and sponsor a convention and some local swap meets. The $15/year they charge
certainly seems reasonable; I'll let you know how the newsletter is, and
post their cover letter in a later Pipes Digest. Until next time, then,

Smoke in peace,
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From: cbema!wbt (thacker,w b)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #6 (March 27, 1989)

In Digest #6, Elias Mazur gives an excellent rundown of various sorts
of tobaccos:

>Burley:  
>light yellowish green to yellow-brown in color, it is a extremely light
>tobacco. It has almost no taste itself, but absorbs the flavorings added to
>aromatic tobacco. Very popular for that reason. 

I take it, then, that most Cavendishes are Burley ?

>Latakia: grown in northern Syria, this oriental tobacco is usually very
>expensive. It is dark brown, almost black in color.  Latakia produces a very
>rich, heavy taste, and is usually found in most quality English mixtures
>(which I favor unconditionally). I usually buy pure Latakia to mix with other
>tobaccos, like Half-and-Half, which is half Virginia and half Burley. I liked
>the mixture and hope that some pipe smokers fellows will try it too.

Latakia also produces a rather, er, um, "distinctive" aroma. 8-)  (I'm
politely trying to say "It stinks !" 8-)

Which brings up an issue: how important is the aroma of a tobacco to you ?
I can't really smell the tobacco when I'm smoking it, anyway, though I
would presume the aroma figures into the taste, somewhat.  If I put down
the pipe and leave the room, and return in a few minutes, though, I can
get a whiff.

I place a lot of emphasis on aroma, though, because I don't want to offend
others, particularly non-smokers.  Back in the before-time, when you could
actually walk around a store while smoking, I received more compliments
than complaints by a factor of at least 3:1.  People who won't tolerate
cigar or cigarette smoke will often be glad to let you smoke a pipe; *if*
it doesn't smell like you're burning field mice.  Of course, my job is made
easier in that I really enjoy vanilla cavendishes, while finding English-
style tobaccoes much less pleasant.   I must confess, though, to never
having tried Latakia; actually, I might, now that I'm living alone 8-)

I would suspect those with families are even more concerned about this.

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Bill Thacker			att!cbema!wbt	     ??????????????????

[Nowwaitaminute! I _like_ Latakia! It wasn't even an acquired taste; I liked
it the first time I smoked it. Even if it does smell like incinerated
rodents and induce the neighbors to call the Fire Department. :-9  -S.]


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From: "Ami A. Silberman" <????????????????????>
Subject: a new smoking experience

I've just had a unique smoking experience, mango cavendish.
Yes, mango, that ever popular tropical fruit.  I wasn't to supprised at
the taste, considering that it was recommended by my tobaconist, but I
was suprised at its existence.  Pat (proprieter of Jon's Pipe Shop, 
Champaign Illinois) studied under a real master of the craft who specialized
in exotic cavendish's.  Pat still buys from that company today, but with
its late owner's death, the quality has declined somewhat.  The mango
was one of his last products.  Its cut down with something else (probably
vanilla cavendish), and is somewhat lighter than black cavendish, but
not by much.  The taste is delicious, somewhat tart, subtly fruity,
sweet without being cloying.  The experience was the closest I've had
with a flavored tobacco to actually eating the genuine article, it had
the same lightness of taste yet solidity of substance that a real mango
has.  

ami silberman

[This sounded so tasty that I wrote to Ami and got Pat's address; he's
sending me some of the mango by mail. I'll let you know how it is. -S.]


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