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 		    Pipes Digest #11 - May 14, 1989

In the pipeline:

- Martin Lodahl on a method of reviving (maybe even improving) tobacco past
  its prime;

- Phil Gustafson with some reviews of Rattray's blends;

- and yr. obdt. servant on too many topics to even contemplate.

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From: ??????????????????????????????
Subject: Reviving Old Tobacco

A few days ago, thinking I'd run out of my usual tobacco (the Tinder Box's
"Sherlock's Choice" blend, a terrible name for a delightful smoke), I 
opened the jar where I keep the dog-ends of tobaccos I've either lost
interest in or simply didn't like.  In the jar I found some Sir Walter
Raleigh, some Prince Albert (yes, in a can), and a couple of other
Tinder Box blends, Skilling and Philosopher, both 7-10 years old and
DRY, but offering more promise than their drug store alternatives.

The Skilling bag contained just enough to recharge my pouch, and the
Philosopher bag rather more.  So, I moistened a humidifier button with
Cognac, and dropped it in the pouch with the Skilling.  I'd never
previously tried anything but water as a humidifier, but I was amazed
by the results -- that ancient tobacco is actually very good, now!

Have I stumbled on something that pipe smokers have known for years?

= Martin A. Lodahl    Pac*Bell Minicomputer Operations Support Staff =
= {att,bellcore,sun,ames}!pacbell!pbmoss!mal            916/972-4821 =
= If it's good for ancient Druids, runnin' nekkid through the wuids, =
= Drinkin' strange fermented fluids, it's good enough for me!  8-)   =

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From: ????????????????
Subject: More on British Blending

Puffers wishing to try a range of British-style tobaccoes might try the ones
sold under the "Rattray's" brand. (They're actually Scottish.  No offense
meant to anyone involved in _that_ eternal debate. :-))

They range from very heavy, almost chewy-tasting, Latakia-loaded
blends (Rattray's Black Mallory) to tasty midweights (Rattray's
Red Rapparee) to plain Virginia blends (No. 7;  Accountant's Mixture).

My favorites are the No. 7 and the Red Rapparee, which I may be spelling
wrong.  It's fun telling people I'm smoking "Rrrratrray's Rrrred
Rrrrapparrree," too.  The Accountant's mixture is good, too, but
almost like smoking "Lawyer's Mixture" as far as name appeal goes. :-)

[Aside on aromatics: On tobacco choices, of course, chacun a son gout
asolutement.  But whenever I smoke a heavily dosed aromatic, I think
of the high school chemistry demo where the teacher burns sugar by
pouring acid on it, releasing great clouds of steam and piles of
graphite.  I keep imagining that's what's going on in my pipe.

On the other hand, smoking Latakia blends is often a solitary 
pleasure. De gustibus, to drag in yet another language.]


				Phil Gustafson, Graphics/UN*X Consultant
				{uunet,ames!coherent}!aimt!phil ????????????????
				1550 Martin Ave, San Jose, Ca 95126

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From: ????????????????????????? (Steve Masticola)
Subject: Degrees, cohabs, and four pipe books.

Dear Pipefriends,

This week is a rather signifigant one in a few ways! First, I've finished
all the things one must endure to extract a Master's in computer science
from the State University of New Jersey (a place with many things to be
circumspect about, but which did NOT incorrectly verify cold fusion!) Which
leads to a question: would you have any recommendations on a "reward pipe"
for making it all the way through? I've got somewhere in the neighborhood of
$50 to play with, though I'm not bound to this amount.

More importantly here, I'm very relieved about one thing. I'm about to lose
a roommate whose first reaction when I lit my pipe was to whine, "Are you
*smoking*?" Thereafter, he sprayed the hall with ozone-depleting chemicals
each time I lit up, regardless of how careful I was that my smoke did not
impinge upon his twitching nostrils. I shan't mourn his passing, for this
and other reasons. (Fellow hedonists, have you any advice on how to deal
with similar ninnies in the future? I'm [ugh] sure I'll need it.)

The top story in the pipe news: I've received four books from "With Pipe and
Book", a tobacconist and book dealer in upstate New York on which Elias and
I have both commented. One of the books I purchased is, of course, Richard
Hacker's "Ultimate Pipe Book", a witty and informative tome well worth the
$18.95 or so. I wrote Mr.  Hacker directly, by the way, and was informed
that there will be a new edition, fully revised, appearing in September.
Those who are in need of Christmas presents might take note!

Also in the box from Lake Placid were Carl Ehwa's "Book of Pipes and
Tobaccos" and Ben Rappaport's "Complete Guide to Collecting Antique Pipes."
I haven't had time to completely absorb either of these volumes yet, but
rest assured I shall. Ehwa's book has an excellent section on tobacco

Last is Mary Dunhill's "Our Family Business", her insider's view of the
Dunhill firm and how its founding family built it. The book is candid in the
extreme about the Dunhills' family life, which at times appears to have been
most unhappy; not too much hard information on pipe crafting or the modern
firm's operations. A worthwhile read, though I'd recommend against buying it

A note to the Bay Area and New England members! "The Ultimate Pipe Book"
lists a couple of pipe-related restaurants:

- Pipe Dream Restaurant
  Rte. 32 and Ademac Rd.
  W. Willington, Ct. 06729
  "Their briar-inspired desserts will light-up your tastebuds."
  [Briar-inspired desserts??? -S.]

- S. Holmes, Esq.
  "221B Baker Street"
  Holiday Inn, Union Square
  Sutter at Powell Streets
  San Francisco, CA
  "A lifesized diorama of Holmes' sitting room and individually reserved
  calabashes for regular patrons make this drinking saloon a Sherlockian's

(Keen's English Chop House in NYC used to operate on a similar principle -
they reserved a clay pipe for all their regulars. News from the New York
Pipe Club (Sailorman Jack, 212-288-3832) is that they don't allow smoking in
their dining room! :-( But if anyone can check out the "Pipe Dream" or
"221B", the group would greatly appreciate the effort, I'm sure!)

Well, that's about it for this time. Please write in if you've any wisdom to
share, and until next time, may your bowls be dry and your smoke rings round.

Smoke in peace,
~\U Steve.

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Reviving Old Tobacco
  2. Subject: More on British Blending
  3. Subject: Degrees, cohabs, and four pipe books.
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