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Subject: Pipes Digest #155 -- August 26, 1994

		 Pipes Digest #155 -- August 26, 1994
		     Circulation this issue: 482

Welcome to new members:

	 Thomas Voirol			(?????????????????????????)
	 Steven R. McEvoy		(?????????????????????????)
	 Patrick Popeck			(???????????????????????????)
	 Ron Bowles			(??????????????????)
	 Gary Kahne			(?????????????????????????)
	 Jack Hirsch			(??????????????????)
	 Mark Endelman			(?????????????????)
	 Philippe Dancause		(????????????????)
	 Patrick Benard			(??????????????????????)
	 Zeke Mandel			(?????????????????????????)
	 ???				(????????????????)
	 Todd Diehl			(???????????????????)
	 Trever				(???????????????)

And, we have an administrative issue to decide: whether to put the
Digests under mosaic. Steve Beaty (see below) has volunteered to do
so. Normally, I've kept the Digest back issues as a "members only"
bonus, but maybe it's time to think of altering that policy. So far,
my fears of attempts to hose the list just haven't materialized, so
that's not a concern. What say you, members?

And, as we contemplate this weighty issue, join us for, perhaps, some
MacBaren's "Golden Extra" as we discuss earthquakes, the Motor City
and its Canadian Connection, shag, and the pipes that got away...

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From: ????????????????? (Steve Beaty)

To: ???????????????????????? (Steve Masticola)
Subject: mosaic pipe page?
Newsgroups: alt.smokers.pipes
X-Newsreader: TIN [UNIX 1.3 940815BETA PL0]


	i was wondering if you'd consider putting all the old pipe
	digests on a mosaic server somewhere.  if you don't have
	access to one, i could volunteer mine.  i'm on the list and
	love all the information that comes on it and think it'd be
	great to spread the word via mosaic.

	just an idea,

Steve "When in doubt, logout" Beaty                         ?????????????????
Cray Computer Corporation                     ???????????????????????????????
1110 Bayfield Drive                  http://www.craycos.com/~beaty/steve.html
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80906       tel (719) 540-4129 fax (719) 540-4028 

[ I decided to put the question to the membership. See the discussion
above. -S. ] 

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From: "???????????????????????" <??????????????????????????????>
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #153 -- August 15, 1994

Greetings all!  Although I have not contributed much lately, I have been
reading faithfully, but I noticed something in #153 made me want to share a

I noticed that someone mentioned Peretti.

>For everyday, I smoke JT Cooke or Bob Peretti's ( some
>which were actually made by his grandfater ) along with a group of
>briarcrafts that Ves made very early in his career, which he collected for
>me from some of his old customers. 

I was a Californian until a few years ago, at which time I moved to Boulder
Co.  I am an avid pipe smoker, and used to get my tobacco from Ed's Tobacco
in Northridge Ca.  The owner of Ed's is Roy.  He is a great tobacconist,
and he has a wonderful non-aromatic blend called Mr. Franklin.  It is in
the strong English tobacco style, lots of perique (sp?) and latakia.  But
he ordered his latakia from England.  It was quite mellow and a delicious
smoke with a wonderful warm nuttiness and full body that was unmatched by
anything I've had.  It came in at a hefty $3/oz., and he even made the same
blend using non-England latakia for a much more reasonable price.  Well,
when I moved to Boulder I looked for a tobacconist.  Well, there is NO
tobacconist in Boulder, but there is a News and Smoke shop.  Nice humidor
and cigar collection, yet nothing but MacBarens, Borkum Riff, and
Copenhagen!  I made a last visit to Ed's Tobacco and found to my delight
that they did mail order! I was saved.  Then it happened.  Maybe some of
you noticed that Ed's is in Northridge, Ca.  The same Northridge that was
devastated by earthquake earlier this year.  In fact, if you watched the TV
coverage you saw the shopping center he was in.  Behind that shopping
center was the train that derailed, and across the street was the
Northridge Mall that collapsed.  I frantically phoned Ed's a few days
later...no reply.  In fact, no reply for weeks!!  Withdrawal symptoms began
to appear, and my supply of tobacco dwindled to the fine flakes that
remained at the bottom of my tobacco pouch (which I keep in a slipper - but
THAT'S another story).  It was clear that I was experiencing a tobacco
winter!  And just when I thought things were bleakest and could get no
worse, I was sent to Nashua New Hampshire on a business trip!  There is
nothing worse for me than to travel without tobacco!  In Winter.  It was a
bitter pill, and I knew that I had angered some regional god.  To be in 
New England, in winter (the wonderful gray skies, the moody countryside),
without my favorite pipe smoke.  Only you, my friends, know my downcast
condition as I boarded the plane.  When the flight attendant asked me if
there was anything she could do, I just looked up and said "why bother?" 
The only thing I had to look forward to was visiting a friend who lived
between Nashua and Boston.  I brought some cigars with me for the trip, (I
love cigars - Macanudos, Avos, Aliados, Hoyos - all the "os" cigars) but
cigars in winter are just not the same; am I right?  After several lean
days enduring the work portion of my visit, my friend said she'd take me
into Boston to cheer me up, to a restaurant that allows men and women to
smoke cigars - Bibas (on the Commons).  We parked my rental car at a subway
station, and got off at the wrong stop.  So, we had to walk a little bit. 
As we neared Bibas I caught the smell of a cigar.  But there was no one on
the streets (a bitter, chill wind reflecting my inner state had essentially
chased the happier element indoors).  My friend grabbed my arm, and
pointing said "the smell is coming from that shop over there" I looked, and
there on a corner was a little tobacco shop called Peretti's.  We walked
in, and I judged it immediately as a little hole-in-the-wall.  There were
people milling about two counters - one with cigars displayed, and another
with a wall of pipe tobacco containers.  One could tell without lessons
that many of these people were regulars since they were making no move to
purchase anything.  We all know if a tobacco shop is good by the
interaction of the regulars.  I perked up a little and thought to try a new
cigar.  The fella behind the counter asked me what I like, and when I said
I love Macanudos, he shot back with "Macanudos?!  They're like smokin'
fresh air!"  I tolerated this salvo, and after some technical discussion, I
bought a couple Sosa Torpedos, and mused out loud that what I really was in
want of was my favorite pipe tobacco.  The fella behind the other counter
asked me what I smoke.  I described Mr. Franklin.  In a voice somewhat
gruffer than you'd expect, he said "try this, it's probably stronger than
you like, but it's delicious".  I looked about me.  The regulars had
stopped chatting, and all eyes were upon me.  I know what they were
thinking.  They were taking me for a greenhorn.  It gave me great pleasure
to produce my Savinelli from out my overcoat, along with my calibri
tamper/lighter.  I filled my bowl slowly.  No one moved.  I shot a steely
glance at my gruff host and, with a sharp flick that was intended to sting,
I lit my pipe.  I puffed slow generous billows of smoke.  Made tasting
noises with my tongue and lips.  "Hm.  What manner of blend is this?", I
inquired.  "Midnight".  "It's delicious", I said.  "I told you it was" he
replied.  In short, my friends, it was OUT OF THIS WORLD!  Dark black
tobacco, unrelieved by even a shade of dark brown.  As full bodied as
anything I've tried.  Warm, the flavor came up to greet me like an old
friend.  Suddenly there was a feeling of wellbeing.  The regulars beamed
their approval.  I mentioned what had happened to Ed's Tobacco in
Northridge, and two of the regulars even knew of the place!  "We're sorry
for your trouble", said one kindly soul.  I was among civilized society.  I
bought 2 ounces to take away, along with their mail-order catalog. 
Emboldened, I strode into the street towards Biba's.  What a wonderful
wonderful place, that Peretti's, I mused.  What a wonderful wonderful city
is Boston to have a Peretti's.  And what a wonderful wonderful place was
Bibas! Sumptuous dinner, wonderful bar with a wide variety of single-malt
Scotch whisky.  And my friend and I sat down afterwards and smoked our
Sosas - which were quite tasty (yes SHE likes a cigar too) - to the
accompanying strains of a couple Lagavulins.  The flight home next day was
a glaring contrast to my earlier one.  After a few days, I ordered a pound
of Midnight from Peretti's, and it's my favorite smoke now.  There's no
telling what you might find when YOU are lost in an interesting city, and
there's no people, like pipe people, I always say.

Some other time I'll have to tell you what happened to Ed's Tobacco.

Good smoking to you!


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From: The AMAZING TOM LINE !! <?????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #154 -- August 19, 1994

	I'm glad I'm still receiving criticism about errors in the text 
file I posted some time back. Glad to know people read and care enough to 
correct my misteaks :)
	I was in Detroit last week and couldn't resist a smuggling trip 
across the nasty waters of the Detroit River into Windsor Canada to try 
out some Cuban cigars.  After paying $1.75 and answering stupid questions 
about my occupation, nationality, weather or not I had person protection 
devices (rubbers???) in my vehicle I found myself in Canada. Well few 
people you ask directions from in Canada are actually from there, but I 
soon found myself (and my sister with me) at the House Of Habana cigar 
shop 15 minutes before closing time.
	The shop is typically beautiful as most good tobacco shops are. 
Beautifully prepared wood works everywhere one turns. A strangely exotic 
and very beautiful woman who was built like a brick tobaccoist's 
shop, greeted us with pad and paper and helped us choose some cigars to 
sample.  My sister purchased one that was packaged in one of those tubes. 
I purchased two unwrapped ones myself myself.  One of the cigars was the 
best damn cigar I've ever smoked. Another was pretty damn good, and the 
final one that my sister bought in the tin was just your average cigar. 
I shared the cigars with my sister. Her friend used to run a cigar shop 
and said that half her customers used to be women belive it or not.  I 
wonder if they are any pipe smokers of the fair sex as well.

		What's the best way to clean an old used pipe you find
		like at a garage sale. Wooden or mershaum.
		Are there female pipe smokers out there?

	Tom Line
	?????????????   (the folically challenged white dude!)

[ To the first question, I'd suggest boiling with alcohol and buffing
with carnauba wax; I remember seeing details somewhere on how to do
the former, but can't put my finger on where I saw it at the
moment. Readers? To the second, there are a few right here on this
very list, e.g., Lynsa, who wrote in an issue or two ago. Thanks for
the report, Tom! 

And BTW, speaking of folicularly challenged folks, I have a button
from Nancy Lebovitz, which quite a few of my friends comment on: "I'm
not a white male; I'm differently oppressed, ok?" ;-) -S. ]

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From: ???????????????? (Richard E. Byer)
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #154 -- August 19, 1994

Steve, A message in the most recent digest discussed Ehrlich's in Boston 
and how it had changed (and indeed it has), but in passing the writer 
mentioned American Pipes and MT.  Americans are sold all over the DC 
area.  I've met MT several times at some of the local shops.  His name is 
Mark Tinsley.  He's a hell of a nice guy and a dedicated craftsman.  He 
also does most of the pipe repairs for the DC area shops and has done an 
excellent and inexpensive job on some treasured pipes of mine, including 
a $450 Ser Jacobo.

The American Pipes range from about $70 to hundreds, but they are 
comparable to pipes costing twice as much.  He does a tremendous variety 
of shapes and will sometimes do particular shapes to order.  If you see 
one of Mark's pipes for sale, and you like the shape, buy it.  You won't 
be sorry.  Among other things, I've never seen a fill or pit on any of 
his pipes.

Someone else asked about a vanilla cavendish.  One I highly recommend is 
available from most independent pipe shops.  It will have a different 
name at each shop, but it is distributed by Lane's and is labelled by the 
distributor as "1Q."  If you ask any pipe shop, they'll know what you are 
talking about.  A variation on that blend that I particularly enjoy is 
also usually found at most independent shops. It's Lane's HGL.  It is an 
English tobacco with Latakia, but it also has a vanilla casing.  Tastes 
great, and some people like the smell almost as much as a cavendish.

-- Rick Byer <????????????????>

[ Thanks for the report, Rick! Do you have Mark Tinsley's whereabouts? -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????
Subject: Introduction

Hello Steve...

I apologize for the delay in getting back to you...busy, busy, busy.  Anyhow,
thank you for your mailings of the Pipe Digest.  It's great to be part of the
pipe-smoking community.

You wanted to know a little about by myself and my relationship with pipes. 
Now a full-bearded 36-year old, I've been "into" pipes for as long as I can
remember.  Since I was a 'wee lad', I bonded onto pipes and the association of
a full-beard with a pipe.  After years of exploration and experimentation, I
have finally found my love in pipes--the Sherlock Holmes Collection (which I've
just started to collect).  I'm always looking for the larger 'Sherlock-type'
used pipe, so if anyone has these in their collection (and no longer want/need
them), please contact me.  I smoke a commercial brand of pipe-tobacco--Amphora
Full Aroma...it seems to be the one-and-only for me.  But, again, if anyone can
recommend a brand with a similar full aroma, I'd appreciate your suggestions.  


[ Anyone know of a source for shag tobacco for Dwayne's Sherlock
Holmes specials? :-) -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????????
Subject: Introduction

I have just started getting the Digest and found even the first issue 
completely enthralling.  I am a 26 yr old recent graduate with a masters 
in Environmental Economics.  I have been smoking a pipe for most of my 
graduate education 3 years and love it.  I started out to be the 
Romanticized Economics Professor but soon realized it was not the 
appearance that was important it is the relaxation and enjoyment of the 
smoke.  I have a Sasieni from London and three other generic pipes that 
I love.  I am interested in the rough shelled versions and would like to 
get some hand carved models, I will be contacting several of the 
companies in the Resource Guide (Thanks!).  My favorite tobacco is 
Hazelnut from Tinder Box.

	First impressions of the Mailgroup, FANTASTIC.  Everyone is 
polite, helpful, and genuinely concerned about increasing the enjoyment of 
all smokers.  I look Forward to upcoming issues.

Jeff Chaffin  

[ And we look forward to keeping 'em coming up! Welcome! -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: PIPES DIGEST #154

Steve, I note on this D/L in the list of new folks several
with anonymous handles rather than names & u have shown that
with ???. I would certainly prefer to reply to a name than
to a ??? or a handle.  Smoking isn't yet illegal, so why the
anon's? Just a thought.

[ I put the ???s in for the new members who haven't given me their
names in their subscription letters. They're not anonymous; just
unknown. Maybe something else would work better; I'm open to
suggestions. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #154 -- August 19, 1994 

Thanks for the article on Ehrlich's and L&P. I spent many
pleasant hours in those establishments. 

I haven't been able to keep up with netnews and mail, so
apologies if this is old news. Drucquers in Berkeley has moved
to a new location away from its University Ave site. Alas, 
the latter was within lunchtime walking distance.

more news and thoughts when I get some spare time.

[ Oh, well. Hope it's still within your range. -S. ]

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From: Joachim Posegga <??????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #154 -- August 19, 1994

Quoting Bruce Given <??????????????????????????> in Pipes Digest #154:

> Alfred Dunhill 30 Duke Street.
> This store is truly amazing. the smokers selection is at the rear of
> the store at the front is the luxury show room.
> they have a wonderful selection of Hand blended tobaccos approx 30 blends are
> avaliable ( If any body is interested I can supply a list via email )

Just a hint for those who visit London and plan to buy a Dunhill pipe:
check also Harrod's, they have a good selection and tend to be cheaper
than the Dunhill shop.


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From: ??????????????
Subject: Re: pipes

Thanks for the letter.  Boston has changed over the years.  How about the UK?
 My first "good pipe" was an Astley, not Ashton, from 109 Jermyn Street.  I
am told it may have been made private label by Upshall as the mouth piece is
the same curve as an Upshall.  Have you tried them, and are they still in

It is not my pipe you found near BU, although my wife did go there, earlier
than 1979.  You do raise a subject I have been thinking about lately though,
that is memories of the pipes that got away, either because they were left
somewhere, or one did not buy them with the intent of returning later, only
to find them gone.

Steve Wyman

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From: ????????????????????????? (Steven Richard McEvoy)
Subject: New!

Just a short introduction to the readers! To let you
all know who I am. I am a 24 year old male who has been
smoking pipes since I was 16. All the pipes I have owned
were carved by Mike Fagan Owner of the Pipe and Pouch. He
has won international awardy both for his carving and blending.
I have owned 8 Pipes so far, I prefer English Black, and
Cherry Jubalee. But I usually keep 7 to 8 blends around the house.
I am looking forward to reading more on The alt.smoke.pipe and
in the Pipe Digest.

Here's smoking at you!


It may be better to be a live jackal that a dead lion, but it is
better still to be a live lion. And Usually Easier. -L.L.

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Re:  Mini Resource guide

   Here are the addresses to replace Levin Pipes Intl.:

Kathy Levin - Levin Pipes Intl.  (Berry's widdow)
6113 Abbey Road
Aptos, CA  95003
(408) 477- 0104
(408) 447 - 0142 Fax
For tobacco orders only

Nikos Levin - NML Pipes Dirrect (Berry's son)
80 Austin Dr. Unit 92
Burlington, VT  05401
(802) 863 - 1379
For pipe orders

Puff in peace:... :-)

[ GB mentioned in an earlier letter that the address I had in the
Resource Guide was incorrect. Will update. Thanks! -S. ]

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From: ??????????????????? (Brookfield Economics Institute (U.S.A.) Limited)
Subject: Tobacco blending, do-it-yourself

Your Pipes Digest is just great. So much fun!

I am fairly new to pipe smoking. I smoked cigars (about one or two a week)
for the past four years, and got interested in pipes after I subscribed to
your digest. Now, I own a Calabash, a almost-pre-transition Barling, a
Savinelli Autograph estate pipe, a couple of nice BC's, a Charatan Canadian,
a Hardcastle, and a newer Savinelli. I am addicted to buying and collecting
pipes and tobak, but I'm not sorry!

A thought or two on recruiting new pipesters: pipe smoking takes practice
and desire. I haven't yet gotten anyone to try a pipe, but I think I will,
because lots of folks around here smoke cigs and love the pipe aroma. Almost
everyone I've met who smokes cigs doesn't like their habit and is starting
to want to try a pipe. But it is frustrating to the novice and without the
desire, I think they'll be too prone to give up before really getting into it.

On another subject: blending tobaccos. My question is this. Where are there
any recipes for tobak? I've got the Weber book which gives some vague
suggestions, and I've got Hacker, who doesn't talk about blending much at
all. Are there people who blend there own? What recipes are they willing to
share? Lots of people have asked about flavoring, but what's the upshot?
Anyone got a good system for flavoring a plain Cavendish?

		(U.S.A.) Limited
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Do you have a business question? Send it to ???????????????????? 
Questions which Brookfield determines are of common interest will 
be answered in the newsletter. Submissions become property of 
Brookfield Econcomics Institute.
Copyright (c) 1994 Brookfield Economics Institute (U.S.A.) Limited. Rights
are granted for use or duplication of this information by subscribers and
individuals, but all commercial rights and rights of resale are reserved.
Other use or duplication is prohibited. Brookfield is not engaged in
rendering professional advice. In business and legal matters the advice of
an attorney or other competent professional should be sought.

[ See below for some help... -S. ]

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From: Ib Fagerlund <???????????????????>
Subject: Tobacco types and blends

Subject: Tobacco types and blends.
Intended for The Smokers Digest.

I have noticed some discussion lately, in the Digest, about different
tobacco types and blends. I feel it might be appropriate to write a
small article, in which i will try to describe the different types
of tobacco, and how they are used in various pipe tobacco blends.
My background for writing this comes from reading numerous books about
the subject, and from having smoked, i guess, around 300 different
tobacco blends. Mainly English and Danish blends (i live in Denmark).

The tobacco types -

Virginia type tobacco is the far most used tobacco type in pipe
tobacco today. It is grown in most parts of the world. Zimbabwe, Brazil,
North & South Carolina and Georgia being the producers of the highest
quality at the moment.
Virginia tobacco is known for its high content of dextrose (sugar),
which basicly gives you a sweet taste. For a non flavoured tobacco,
that is. The nicotine content can vary from 1 to 3.5 %. 2 % being the
After the harvest the leaves are hung in barns to dry. The barns are
heated for about 3-5 days. This processing is called 'flue cured', which
is also the technical term for Virginia tobacco. After the leaves has
regained some humidity from the air, they are sold. Further treatment
is done by the raw-tobacco dealers. Here the leaves are 'aged' for 1-2
years and stripped for their stalks. Before selling they are sorted by
color and quality. This makes the raw material for pipe tobacco 
Pure Virginia tobacco is best known from flake types. Dunhill's Light
Flake is a very good try here. Medium strength and rather sweet in taste.
Several blends by Rattray comes into mind also. Marlin Flake being a
rather 'heavy' member of the family. But still very sweet.
The Danish manufacturer A&C Petersen has the Blue Caledonian. Mild to
medium in strength, and a nice pure taste of Virginia tobacco.

Burley tobacco is the next largest tobacco for pipe tobacco blending.
The nicotine content is between 1.5 and 4.5 %. It contains almost no
sugar, which gives a much dryer and full aroma than Virginia.
I think Burley means something like big, solid and stout, which is a
rather precise description of the taste.
Main growers of Burley are Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina,
Virginia and Missouri. But also Mexico and Malawi must be considered.
The technical term for Burley is 'air cured'. This air curing is done
in large open barns, by the natural air flow, for one or two months.
The Burley is also matured, stripped and sorted by the raw-tobacco
company. The color is ranging from light brown to mahogany.
Pure Burley blends are mainly produced by US and Danish companies.
Blends like Blue Edgeworth, Old English and Half-and-Half are classic
examples. The latter being slightly flavoured.
Burley is also the main ingredient in most of the Danish McBaren blends.

Spice tobacco:
Spice tobacco is actually not one type of tobacco, rather than a broad
variaty of more 'special' types, used in small amounts to create an
interesting blend. Here we find Oriental, Latakia, Perique and
Kentucky among others. Most of them are frequently used in English
type blends, also called mixtures.

Again a variaty of tobaccos, grown in Turkey, the Balkans, Russia and
around. The best known types are Izmir, Samsun, Yedidje, Cavella and
Bursa. A common characteristic is a dusty, dry and sometimes slightly
sourish aroma. Some of them are also used in 'exotic' cigarettes from
Egypt and other Arab countrys.

Probably the most well known spice tobacco. Mainly grown in Cyprus
nowadays. After the leaves are harvested and dried, they are hung in tightly
closed barns and smoke-cured. Small smouldering fires of oak and pine
are filling the barn with smoke, and covering the leaves with smoke
particles. This curing can take up to two months.
The myth, telling that this curing is done over camel manure might have
been true in ancient days. It is definitely not the case today. But it
makes a good story, ey ?
The aroma of Latakia is, quite naturally, very smoked and unique, i prefer
to call it. I love the taste and also the aroma from others smoke, but
non-smokers tend not to. It is honestly quite characteristic, to say the
Latakia is an indispensable ingredient of the traditional English
mixture. The content can vary from a few percent to about 40-50%, or
even more. Some (few) smokers like it at 100%. A bit harsh i would say.
Not because Latakia is a strong tobacco, but it has a pitful burn and tend
to dry out your mouth and throat.
Excellent blends with Latakia comes the Dunhill and Rattray. My Mixture
965, Early Morning and London Mixture from D., and Red Rapperee and Black
Mallory from R. are among my favourites. Seven (7) Reserve from R. has
a moderate content of Latakia, and might be a good introduction to this
kind of blends. Bengal Slices is unique - a flake tobacco with a moderate
to high content of Latakia. A very lovely blend if you like Latakia.

Like Latakia, perique is a quite peculiar product. It is exclusively
grown in a tiny region of the southern Louisiana near Mississippi.
The production is small; less than 100000 kg per year, and the prize
is high.
During the growing season the upper part of the plant is cut off, just
leaving about 10 leaves on each plant. The remaining leaves will then
become more concentrated in taste and nicotine content. Perique is cured
like Burley, but for a shorter time. There after the leaves are put
in large oak barrels under heavy pressure, which will squeeze some
juice out and make the whole thing ferment. Once in a while the leaves
are taken out for a period and then repacked and refermented. This
process takes at least one full year. Some times even longer.
The aroma of a tobacco treated by this method is round and full
bodied. Not penetrating like Latakia. Actually rather difficult to
describe. The nicotine content is overwhelming. Perique can not be
smoked by itself. Try it if you like. Two minutes and you are knocked
out. Therefor it is used very limited in blends. 5 % in a blend is about
the maximum. It is usually applyed to Virginia blends to give more body.
Escudo is a good representative of a Virginia blend with perique.

This is actually a specially treated Burley tobacco, produced in - you
guessed right - Kentucky (and Malawi). It is, unlike Burley, fire-cured.
In Kentucky called dark-cured. The smoked aroma is not as marked as
for Latakia, but very aromatic and unique. The nicotine content tends
to be rather high, and the use therefor limited in amount.
Dutch cigarette tobacco like Drum and Samson Sware contains some Kentucky.
African Kentucky is sometimes used to spice Virginia blends.

Cuban and other cigar tobaccos are used in a limited range of Virginia
blends and mixtures.

Cavendish was originally 'developed' by English tobacco firms. It is more
a method to treat tobacco than a type.
Cavendish can be produced out of any tobacco type (mainly Virginia's and
Burley's are used).
The original English Cavendish is produced out of Virginia tobacco,
which is slightly flavoured and either heated by high pressure or on
copper pans. Or both. This will give you a very dark / black product.
A few English Cavendish blends exist on the market - Rattray's Dark Fragrant
and Black Virginia plus McConnel's Maduro.
The modern version of Cavendish is generally much more flavoured. The natural
taste of tobacco is almost gone. The flavouring is probably better described
as casing, in most cases. This is the term used when you add a considerable
amount of additives to the tobacco. This is usually done by producing a
fluid mixture of sugar, liquorice or any kind of aromas in which the
tobacco is soaked. The goal is to produce a sweet and smooth aroma.
Modern Cavendish tobacco comes in numerous flavours. Cherry, vanilla,
chocolate, strawberry, Irish coffee .... You name it.
Not my kind of mixture. I like tobacco (sorry).
Modern Cavendish tend to be very popular in the US and Germany. The
market is growing in most countrys all over the world.

Enough about the tobacco for now. I hope this will be an inspiration to
try something else than your everyday blend.
Happy smoking.


/*               Ib Fagerlund; ???????????????????              */

[ Hope so too, Ib! -S. ]

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #155 -- August 26, 1994
  2. Subject: mosaic pipe page?
  3. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #153 -- August 15, 1994
  4. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #154 -- August 19, 1994
  5. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #154 -- August 19, 1994
  6. Subject: Introduction
  7. Subject: Introduction
  8. Subject: PIPES DIGEST #154
  9. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #154 -- August 19, 1994
  10. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #154 -- August 19, 1994
  11. Subject: Re: pipes
  12. Subject: New!
  13. Subject: Re: Mini Resource guide
  14. Subject: Tobacco blending, do-it-yourself
  15. Subject: Tobacco types and blends
  16. Subject: Tobacco types and blends.
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