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Subject: Pipes Digest #170 - December 23, 1994

		Pipes Digest #170 - December 23, 1994
		     Circulation this issue: 701

Welcome to new members:

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The Perils of Saying Things Before It's Really Time Dept: I already
sent out holiday wishes to everyone, and yet here comes another Digest
before Christmas! So I'll let our members have their turn to express
their holiday wishes. Thank you all for your kind words of support and
encouragement throughout the year; it really is great to do this. And,
for those who are putting up a tree, let's hope that Santa brings a
nice Dunhill shell briar, a few tins of Escudo and Bengal Slices, or a
box of properly humidified Cohibas. And a bottle of cognac, a pair of
warm slippers, a good book, a cozy chair, and a fireplace to enjoy it
all by. Best wishes to all in 1995!

					Smoke in peace,
					~\U Steve.

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             Help Stop Prohibition -- Keep Tobacco Legal
                        Call -- Write -- Vote
                        Then, Smoke in Peace.

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From: ????????????????? (Ted Wagner)
Subject: The adventure to satisfy a tobak sweet tooth

I thought I would share this with everyone.  About two months ago, I posted a 
note to this mailgroup asking for advice on a tobak sweet tooth.  I got 
several messages.

First, a public and special thanks to Tom Hendricks.  Tom found something far 
better than I had expected.  Tom has a tobacconist in Champaigne, Ill that has 
a blend called 'Champagne.'  Not sure if there is a connection.  The blend has 
a very LIGHT and mild undertone of a casing of apple.  It also has a light 
blend of vanilla.  Now, for those of you who know the old Apple blended 
tobacco, I first thought this did not sound good.  But, I have shared this 
with many, including Indiana's favorite pipe collector and curator Col. Ed 
Lawrence in Galveston, Indiana.  He loved it.  I now have a favorite tobacco 
that tops my list.

Along the way, I had a lot of good suggestions.  After purchasing a multitude 
of samples and spending about $150, I came up with the following for those of 
you with tobak sweet tooths.

These are the tobaccos I smoked.  I am SURE that there are some as equal or 
perhaps better, but I am not aware of them.  They are rated as the sweetest 
first down to the mild last.  My favorites are marked by a * and I currently 
smoke them.  The others I do not.

Cookie Jar
Wall Street (Hardwicke's blend)*
Camelot (Hardwicke's blend)*
Dark Chocolate*
Three Star Blue
Smoker's Pride Vanilla*
Amaretto (Hardwicke's blend) *

There are more, but I want to keep this somewhat short.  I found Cookie Jar to 
be VERY strange.  I don't care for it.  To me it was too sweet.  In fact, it 
was quite weird.....(if anyone smokes this, let me know.  I have 5 unopened 
and wrapped 1-3/8oz boxes I am willing to part with...).

Of course, that is my taste.  As our friend Rick Hacker as well as many others 
remind us, everyone's tastes are different and it is hard to rate tobaccos and 
please everyone.  I did want to relay to you all, however, the results of my 

I was out last night, taking the wife to her nail appointment, and dropped in 
at Hardwicke's in Broad Ripple here in Indianapolis.  My eyes fell on 
something I could not pass up.  Being an individual who was born 130-150 years 
too late, I had to have the Savinelli Churchwarden!  What a classic looking 
pipe.  That looooong swan like bent stem and the knarled carving on the bowl.  
Ah, and what a very nice smoking pipe too!

For anyone near Indianapolis, I suggest Hardwicke's for a visit.  They may not 
be the cheapest.  But, I believe they are one of the oldest in Indy.  They 
always have a nice collection of collectables and other items.  They are not a 
mall tobacco shop which makes things nice as well.

For the best service, I will also provide another pipe shop.  Please add these 
to the resource list if they are not already there.  Thanks Steve!

Hardwicke's Tobacco Shop
743 Broad Ripple Ave.
Indianapolis, IN

Hardwicke's Tobacco Shop (on the circle in Indy)
24 N Meridian
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Pipe Puffers at the Fashion Mall
8702 Keystone Crossing
Indianapolis, IN

Pipe Puffers
2306 E. S. County Line Rd
Indiapolis, IN

The Pipe Puffers is a fine place.  I won't hold it against them that they are 
in a mall.  After all, lots of tobacconists are now in malls.  They are always 
very helpful and always willing to chat even to a first time customer or a 
newcomer to pipe smoking.  The chap that works in the Fashion Mall shop is a 
lover of the English blends and is a fine fellow.  I will say this.  The owner 
of the Pipe Puffers (I think he is the same as the owner of the Eby-Brown Co 
pipe makers...not sure)... bought a big batch (perhaps two) of McClelland's 
Christmas Cheer.  Although I do not care for it.  I still smoke it.  It has a 
fine aroma out of the box.  And, although I don't care for it in general, it 
has a fine body when smoking.  It has a unique characteristic that is hard to 
put a finger on.

I will be on my way.  I must say, I have been holding out about this info on 
the shops.  But, I am a lazy person.  I enjoy reading email and my digests and 
smoking my pipe and that is about it.  I do not know the other zip codes and I 
apologize.  There are a couple of other shops...they are a tinder box chain 
and most folk do not visit them as much I believe.  I never cared for tinder 
box, but that is a personal preference and I will not let that get in the way. 
 I don't have their addresses or I would provide them.  I know they are in the 
mall in Castleton, and in Greenwood as well.

I will mention one thing.  Hardwicke's is a cigar store.  But, their Broad 
Ripple store has lots of misc. pipe items (including the nice clay humidifiers 
in a metal casing which I love to use).  The store downtown serves a lot of 
cigar smokers and that is their main buisness.  

Happy smoking and a VERY merry and SAFE Christmas to ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!


Ted Wagner

[ Ah, yes. One of these days I'm going to get a Savinelli
churchwarden... but this year, Santa is bringing me a Nording. Still
not bad. :-) -S. ]

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From: ilhan alpay <??????????????????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #169 - December 16, 1994

I am using cigarette up to now, but I want to use pipe from now on. So I 
want to learn what are the damages of Pipe to Lung and etc. in respect to 
cigarette, and I also want to learn how can I light a pipe (I can't 
succeed lighting a pipe). It extinguish very frequently. So would anyone 
tell ow can I learn these ? Thanks.  
                                    Okan ALPER

[ Did I send you the How-To guide? If not, please remind me and I
will. -S. ]

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From: ???????????????
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #169 - Decem...

Greetings all.
Forgive my ignorance, as I am primarily a cigar smoker, but I am curious
about estate pipes.
Are these usable? I have oft wondered as to whether you could just, say, put
a new stem on one and go to town ( especially in light of all the nasty germs
going aroung today ). I enjoy collecting antiques that are still functional,
such as furmiture, chairs, dressers, razors..... but what of briars??
Also ... I noticed in this last issue someone else who appreciates the bent
stem Falcon. I always find myself returning to it. I have been contemplating
the purchase of another,( perhaps a straight stem  hmmmm.. ).  Anyway....
Merry Christams and happy holidays to all.
  # |  @@ |#                 ~~~~~
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[ There is quite a large market for estate pipes, and they can often
be cleaned up without a stem replacement. Digest #157 discusses how to
use alcohol to sterilize and clean pipes. -S. ]

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From: ??????????????
Subject: Cigars and Thurber

Hello Steve!!

I am a practicing lawyer in Lexington, Kentucky, a city largely intolerant of
pipe and cigar smokers despite the size of its burley tobacco market.  One of
the few places I feel comfortable smoking a cigar in public is the outdoor
cafe at Joseph Beth Booksellers, a wonderful bookstore/music store/cafe [both
indoors and outdoors] that is as fine as any I've seen in New York [where I
worked for awhile] or Boston/Cambridge [where I went to school].  

I was sipping a good cup of gourmet coffee and smoking a wonderful cigar
[probably a Partagas No. 10 or a Griffin's] at an outdoor table at the cafe.
 I had read an announcement in the newspaper that morning of the issuance of
a postage stamp in honor of the hundredth anniversary of James Thurber's
birth in Columbus, Ohio. I have always loved Thurber's humor, and saw that
the bookstore had a new edition of his famous book My Life and Hard Times,
which I've thought was one of the funniest books ever written ever since I
first read it as a teenager. 

I bought one and was puffing, sipping, and reading in the fall sunshine, and
could not help but burst out laughing when I got to the part about the dog
that bit people, which has always reminded me of a dog my great uncle Earle
had when I was young. 

Two older ladies at the next table looked over at me. I said, "Don't worry;
I'm not crazy, I'm just reading Thurber." They began laughing and we had a
discussion about the need for some humor in this modern world.  And I would
add that a good cup of coffee and a good cigar don't hurt, either. Later, I
saw one of the ladies inside the store buying a copy of the book.

Puff in peace, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!!!


[ Good one, Bob! -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????

Steve, recently you gave the address in Britain where we could write to obtain
"Pipemaker's Welcome Guide, 1994." I have misplaced it. Can you please give it
again. Also, some time ago I recommended Fader's of Baltimore and their
Annapolis shop as an excellent place for tobacco and cigars. Perhaps you put it
on the list and I didn't notice. Ben Frank ?????????????????

[	Pipesmoker's Welcome Guide
	The Pipesmokers' Council
	19 Elrington Road
	London E8 3BJ

It's in the Guide now. -S. ]

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From: ?????????????????
Subject: The Rum Tobacco

Date: Monday, December 19, 1994
Time: 6:21 PM

Two evenings ago I had the most remarkable experience. I visited my local
tobacconist and decided to try two of the pure tobaccos: pure Black Cavendish
and pure Burley. Upon smelling the Burley I remembered it as the first
tobacco I ever smoked--I'd been wanting it but had no idea what it had been.
The cavendish though... I had asked my tobacconist and his employees about
the pure black cavendish several times and had been mildly warned against it:
"Some people seem to like it by itself, but it is rather strong... It has an
unusual flavor; it is a blending tobacco primarily...etc, etc."

*Strong!!* I've never had anything more mild than that lovely, dark tobacco.
It smells wonderfully of rum (of course) and smokes so softly and smoothly I
could not believe it. I have had a tendency to smoke hot and harsh, but no
matter the amount of puffing I did the pipe never got past a gentle warmth.
Gentle, sweet, smooth. Wonderful!

I am planning on doing some experimenting with mixing different quantities of
the black cavendish and the burley. Any advise is welcome concerning more
adventurous mixtures.

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From: Ernie Metzger <?????????????????>
Subject: for the Digest

Dear Steve,

   I've been receiving your Digest for some months now, and thought
I'd better introduce myself.  I'm 34, and have been smoking a pipe
for over 20 years.  When I was 11 my parents gave clay pipes both to me
and to my brother.  My brother proudly displayed his, and I stuffed
mine with tobacco and lit up.  It made me feel like a man.  It still
makes me feel like a man, even though I'm now overweight and bald and 
have no career (for details you'll have to check out my post to
   My collection is not terribly distinguished. I have about 40 pipes,
but only about 15 of them are of high quality.  I am particularly
pleased with my Hardcastle dublin, Barontini Suprema canadian, Savinelli
'Bing's Favorite', GBD Pedigree 'Windsor', Charatan 'Belvedere', and
the one that always provokes a double-take, a Porsche poker.  I am
also pleased to own two Wilke pipes, though one of them was badly damaged
in a flaming ashtray accident in 1976, and when I smoke it on the
street people give me money.
   Many of my pipes were given to me by relatives, several of whom
are now dead.  I don't know if they realized at the time what a wonderful
gift they had made.  I always think of the person who made the gift
when I smoke those pipes.
   I have a recurring dream: I am standing in front of my pipe rack
and suddenly notice a pipe that I had forgotten I owned.  I ask
myself why I hadn't been smoking it, as it's quite attractive.  In
each dream the shape of the pipe is substantially the same--a bent,
rather funnel-shaped thing.  Sometimes when I'm in a pipe shop I look
for the pipe.  I'd be interested to know if anyone else has dreams about
   A certain pipe store has been praised a lot in past digests, and I
feel I'd better throw in my own praise:  I have been a patron of Jon's
Pipe Shop in Champaign, Illinois, since I began smoking, and can't imagine
life without it. What I've learned about pipes and tobacco there over
the years would fill an encyclopedia, if I remembered it all.
   Ever use a pipe to induce narcotic effects?  When I lived in Oxford
I used to like to get up early, and then walk around smoking bowl after
bowl.  Even with all the garbage in the streets from the previous night,
Oxford looks awfully nice in a nicotine-induced stupor.

Ernie Metzger                   | Iustitia est constans et perpetua
Tutor in Roman Law              | voluntas ius suum cuique tribuens,
University College London       |
???????????????????             | but liquor's quicker.
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From: "A.W. Donovan-Shead" <?????????????????????????>
Subject: Smoke Signal #11

Smoke Signal #11
December 19, 1994

Pipes Digest #169 was up to snuff as usual. This week we will delve
a little deeper into the composition of McClelland's tobacco,
mentioned in #169. Also, there was a small whisper for more Escudo.

I can buy 50-gramme tins of Escudo from Ted's Pipe Shop in Tulsa.
Mrs. Kanaley retails it at $10.50 per tin, which is quite high, but
she has the overhead of keeping a well-stocked shop in a pricey area
of town. In Tulsa, Utica Square is expensive real estate. Escudo
from Ted's is identified as coming from U.S. distributors James B.
Russell, Inc. (JBR) I doubt they will sell to private individuals.
My first five-tin batch of Escudo came from JBR via Bob Hamlin of
the Pipe Collectors Club of America (PCCA), priced at about $8.50
per tin. He works through a jobber in Chicago, but he needs an order
of decent size to make it worth while for him and for you, the
larger the order the better the discount he can offer. Perhaps Steve
could be the collection point for a Pipes Digest order of Cope's
Escudo from Bob Hamlin and the PCCA. Bob's address is:

               R. C. Hamlin,
               Pipe Collectors Club of America,
               Post Office Box 5179,
               Woodbridge, VA 22194-5179.

               Tel: (703) 878-7655
               Fax: (703) 878-7657

Also, you could try E-mail to Bob at: ???????????????????????? Maybe
Bob wouldn't want to do it, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

Tobacco can have a couple of major effects on the smoker's tongue.
If the tobacco is very fine cut or as dry as tinder, it will burn
quickly and scorch your tongue. You can get the same effect if you
puff like a steam locomotive negotiating an incline. By avoiding
tongue burn, you can discover another couple of sensations. Full
flavoured tobaccos with little oriental condiment leaf can smoke
smooth with delicious aroma. Full tobacco blended with a large
proportion of Orientals and Perique can have the same effect on the
palate as that from eating a dish of Jalapeno peppers or a highly
spiced Vindaloo curry. You have the same feeling in your mouth
through consuming highly seasoned tobacco or food, but with Jalapeno
or the Vindaloo there is the additional problem of _cacafuego_ and
fundamental discomfort during that important, intensely satisfying
diurnal period necessary to any healthy body.

Perique I see as a condiment much as black pepper is a condiment.
Escudo is, I think, a good example of this, a well-blended mixture
of leaf, the Perique adding spice to the full, sweet Virginias,
bringing out the flavour by stimulating the taste buds in much the
same way that pepper does. Oriental leaves, such as Latakia, are the
Cardomom, Cumin, and Jalapeno spices of tobacco, the effect on the
palate is much the same.

When I ordered tobacco from Levin Pipes International, I asked Kathy
for a copy of their brochure. It is from this that I copy these
details of the fine mixtures from the McClelland Tobacco Company.
Two collections are offered: "Personal Reserve Series Pipe Tobaccos"
and "Aromatic Reserve Series."

In the category of the Personal Reserve Series there are five
classes of tobacco: Matured Oriental Mixtures, Matured Virginias,
Signature Blends, and Sampler Packs. In the Matured Oriental
Mixtures there are seven blends. Two mixtures are offered in the
Oriental Signature blends, six in the Matured Virginia blends plus
one Signature blend. In the Fragrant Matured Virginia Blends there
are six mixtures. In the category of Aromatic Reserve Blends there
are ten classes. We have here something to suit the taste of any
member of the Company. We will begin with the Personal Reserve
Matured Oriental Mixtures drawn up in review, accompanied by my few,
brief, notes on smoking qualities, but don't let my comments deter
you for trying them for yourselves. Rather, smoke your own samples
and post your comments here so that we can all read your opinion.
Different tobaccos will smoke differently for different people in
different pipes. What we can get is a consensus of opinion,
particularly if some diligent soul will collect and tabulate the
results. It will be fun and give us all something to do on the
forthcoming cold winter nights, and all those that do so a chance to
participate in the conversation. If you follow the format I use here
it will be easy to grep and collect reports from each member of the
Company posting to future editions of the Digest. Precede each
report with the name of the mixture, thus:

Personal Reserve Matured Oriental Mixtures.

Klenderwood Mixture -- "A superb blend of the highest quality Bright
Virginias, slow stoved Virginias, Cyprian Latakia, and Exotic
Orientals, specially formulated for lovers of Dunhill's 965, but
with The Personal Reserve touch." My note says: Cool, mild smoke
with pleasant aroma and taste. Not over spicy, but enough.

Bombay Court -- "An exotic oriental mixture spiced with the finest,
rare Turkish tobaccos cut wide and enhanced by the naturally
aromatic yet cool character of just enough smoky Latakia. Matured
Virginias fine-cut from aged cakes add their naturally sweet, full
flavor to round and balance this superb blend." It reminded me of
Balkan Sobranie #759, but I found it a bit sharp on the tongue and
somewhat difficult burning.

British Woods Mixture -- "Full, rich, and dark, heavy with fragrant
Latakia, spiced with premium Macedonian tobaccos. Lightly sweetened
with matured Virginias, this distinguished Oriental mixture is slow-
burning and cool-smoking. It offers richness and depth plus
unparalleled smoothness and refinement." Indeed, I found this cool
smoking and slow, easy burning. It is one of my favourites.

English Woods -- "The traditional medium Balkan mixture is presented
here in its top form. Sweet, zesty lemon and orange-red Virginias
are blended with rich Cyprian Latakia and the finest Greek Basma
leaf, then aged to develop this naturally fragrant, complex, yet
harmonious fine-cut Oriental mixture. An invigorating tobacco, both
satisfying and refreshing." To me it was cool, a bit wet-smoking and
difficult burning.

Scottish Woods -- "A classic full Scottish mixture, full-bodied and
deeply flavored with the finest grades of delicately spicy Oriental
tobaccos and cool, smoky Cyprian Latakia. Surprisingly refreshing
owing to the rich, matured and stoved Virginias that enliven this
beautiful, dark blend." Less sharp than Bombay Court, easy burning.

Turkish Woods Flake -- "Maturing naturally sweet lemon and orange
Virginias together with the finest, delicately spicy Oriental leaf
and smoky Latakia allows the tobaccos in this rich cake mixture to
develop an added measure of unity. This full Oriental flake tobacco,
intentionally dense for smoking outdoors, is easily rubbed out to
suit any occasion." Cool, mild, but a bit wet and difficult burning.

Oriental Signature Blends.

FrogMorton -- "An exceptionally dark, rich and full Latakia mixture.
This mixture was designed for those who want very satisfying Latakia
flavor, but soft enough to smoke all day. It took FrogMorton four
years to perfect this unique blend, and we consider it his proudest

Three Oaks -- "Generous amounts of costly Latakia are balanced by
premium tobaccos, including Turkish leaf and Red Virginias. Special
blending mitigates the pungent aroma usually associated with Latakia
mixtures. Our 'stoutest' English blend, Three Oaks smokes smooth and
cool. Reminiscent of the old 'Smyrna' blend from John Cotton.
Personally formulated by Theodore Gage."

Personal Reserve Matured Virginias.

Blackwoods Flake -- "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. This beautiful mottled flake is
uncomparable in smoothness and balance. Also available in cut ribbon
form." Pretty good.

Blackwoods Extra Flake -- "Extra aging and the addition of a special
super-rich leaf lends a different dimension to this tobacco. All the
sweetness, body, and character of regular Blackwoods Flake - with
added richness."

Brazilian Woods -- "A balanced blend of rich Maduro cigar leaf and
matured red and stoved Virginia tobaccos, this is the perfect pipe
tobacco for the cigar connoisseur who loves pipes. Pressed in cakes
and aged to develop character, then cut in ready-to-rub flakes." I
thought this one was very good, another of my favourites, the
tobacco lived up to the advertising puff in every way.

Dark Star -- "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 seductive aroma develops during the extended maturing process to
complement the complex flavor of this smooth broken flake."

Redwoods Flake -- "Absolutely the finest red, flue-cured Virginias
available are aged to create this beautiful flake. This is straight
Virginia at its best. The flavor develops subtly throughout the
smoke, providing light sweetness and mellow, satisfying flavor. Also
available in fine-cut ribbon."

St. James Woods -- "A sophisticated cake of matured red and black
stoved Virginias pressed with the finest Louisiana Perique. This
tobacco has a rich character with that mysterious and compelling
aroma that is Perique's alone. Also available in cut ribbon form."
Good burning. A bit sharp and heady. While I smoked, I didn't notice
the aroma compelling any young ladies to take off their clothes and
throw themselves at my feet.

Matured Virginia Signature Blend.

Virginia Woods -- "Personally formulated for a smooth, rich, non-
biting flavor with an incomparable woodsy aroma. Blended from
expensive matured red cake, stoved black Virginias, wide bright
Virginia and other premium tobaccos, Virginia Woods offers one of
the ultimate experiences in matured Virginia blend smoking." I have
shied away from this one because I'm not sure how many ultimate
experiences are available to man, one only was my thought and I'm
not ready to go just yet.

Personal Reserve Fragrant Matured Virginia Blends.

"The Fragrant Matured Virginia Blend is a new concept in pipe
tobacco. To the highest quality aged Virginia cakes, we added
subtle, enriching, complementary fragrances and, occasionally. other
premium tobaccos. You experience the rich taste of fine natural
tobaccos. Those around you enjoy a mellow and pleasing fragrance."

To me, most of these had a note of vanilla that I didn't care for
very much.

Grey Havens -- "An extremely soft, light blend with smooth fragrant
flavour and just a hint of Louisiana Perique." OK, cool smoking.

White Downs -- "Orange and orange-red Virginia cake with a mellow
and nutty character."

Trollshaws -- "Greek Xanthi and Cyprian Latakia enrich this unique
and complex fragrant cake." I liked this very much, another
favourite. Very good.

Moria Gate -- "An exotic, fragrant Virginia cake with a hint of
Xanthis and Perique." Good, but a bit moist smoking.

Deep Hollow -- "Cut from rich red cake, spiced with deeply stoved
black Virginia and lightly fragrant." OK. Cool smoke.

Deep Elem -- "Our darkest stoved matured Virginia cake with a deep,
rich fragrance."

Aromatic Reserve Blends.

There are ten: Mountain Raspberry, Black Vanilla, Chocolate, English
Walnut, Peach Black, Peach, Cherry, Coffee, King of Amaretto,
Fragrant Anise.

All these tobaccos can be had from Kathy Levin in Aptos, California.
Her full address is in the resource guide but to save you trouble
here is her telephone number (408) 477-0140.

Here is the McClelland Tobacco Company advice on how to smoke flake

"English and Scottish-style Matured Virginia flake tobaccos are
among the most interesting and rewarding for the smoker to taste;
yet, they are avoided by many smokers who simply do not know how to
approach them. This flyer is intended to help the pipe smoker learn
how to fully appreciate the zesty character and subtle sweetness of
these premium, aged products. (It should also help smokers of the
flavored American sliced plug and European flake cavendish

"One reason flake tobaccos are left in slices after cake-maturing is
that they retain their freshness better than in ribbon form. Flakes
also enable the smoker to have some degree of control over the
burning rate and, to a small degree, the flavor.

"It is important to prepare the tobacco before packing so that it
has an even texture and to fill the bowl evenly, no matter what
degree of brokenness is preferred. (The more fully-rubbed -- meaning
gently separated -- a tobacco, the faster it will burn. Similarly,
it is true that the thinner the cut, the faster it will burn.)

"The more moist tobaccos should be packed more loosely than normal
so they won't pack down densley enough to prevent a good draft. The
ideal is to have the tobacco draw firmly, with a little resistance,
throughout the smoke. The smoker may be able barely to hear a little
hissing through the pipe as it is smoked. Too firm and the tobacco
won't burn at all or one small spot will burn hot and maybe wet as
the smoke puffs hard to keep it going; too loose and the tobacco
will burn inconsistently and unevenly, perhaps causing the bowl to
overheat in spots and moisture to condense."

"Five Steps to Success:  1.   Put in the palm of one hand the amount
of tobacco that it is believed will fill the bowl. Then pinch at the
slices or rub them between the palms until the tobacco separates to
the degree preferred, keeping the texture even, avoiding clumps. The
denser the tobacco is left, the slower it will burn. (This becomes
especially valuable on windy days outdoors.)
                         2.   Gently but firmly and evenly work the
tobacco into the bowl of the pipe until it is filled slightly over
the top and feels firm but still springy under enough finger
pressure to flatten the surface of the tobacco even with the top of
the pipe. (We assume the pipe is clean at the outset, free of
obstruction to a good draft, well rested.)
                         3.   Now, while drawing through the stem,
light the pipe evenly across the entire surface of the tobacco.
After a few puffs to develop an ash, and while continuing to draw,
tamp the tobacco down evenly all around the bowl with a tamper. The
goal is to have the tobacco packed so that it will burn as evenly
and firmly as a good cigar.
                         4.   Relight the pipe after tamping to get
the entire surface of the tobacco burning again. Even burning is
very important. Otherwise, hot spots may develop.
                         5.   With only occasional tamping as the
tobacco burns down, since it tends to expand and loosen as it burns,
the pipe should now smoke evenly to the bottom. The aim is to
maintain a firm, even draft throughout the smoke. The process is not
difficult to master and with practice will soon be effortless."

"A Note on Flavor Expectation. For those who are used to the
'aromatic' or sweetened tobaccos that dominate our market in the
United States, it may take some time for the additive remaining in
the pipe to dissipate. Many smokers prefer to maintain one set of
pipes exclusively for the natural, matured tobaccos and another for
the sweetened varieties. It may be necessary to smoke up to four
ounces of a natural product before the mouth adjusts to the clean
taste and subtler range of flavors typical of these Matured Virginia
tobaccos. The smoker is rewarded for the effort as he becomes able
to distinguish the delicate variations in taste and deepening
richness these tobaccos develop as they are smoked."

So much for McClelland Tobaccos. In my next puff we will talk about
making a pipe tobacco humidor for the pipe smoker of slender means,
complete with homemade button humidifier. If we have time, we will
take a glance at Hacker's "The Ultimate Pipe Book". Later still,
there are a few words from the folks at Ted's.


[ Thanks for the word on Escudo! I think JR still has them beat on
price, though... -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #169 - December 16, 1994

For smokers of Virginia blends, I strongly recommend Mike Butera Blended 
Flake. Now that Three Nuns and Rattrays have been cheapened and do not exist 
anymore except as ghostly commercial entities, I only smoke Blended Flake.
Although MacClellan's manufactures it for Butera, he has prevailed on them
to use a different process from their normal one (to me the usual 
MacClellan's tobaccos taste far too much alike).

-Stephen Slottow

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From: Paul Baumgartel <???????????????>
Subject: Pipes Digest

Dear Steve,
Many thanks and congratulations on the excellent job you do with Pipes 
Digest!  I look forward to receiving it, as well as to reading posts on 
alt.smokers.cigars.  I appreciate not only the subject matter but the 
fact that the participants in these forums are among the most...no, ARE 
the most civilized on the Internet.

I though it was time to contribute to the Digest.  As you suggested, I'll 
start with a little information about my smoking preferences.  
I've smoked pipes on and off over the past several years, have smoked an 
occasional hand-rolled (Drum brand Dutch tobacco) cigarette, but have 
currently found most enjoyment in cigars.  I'm fortunate to live near New 
Haven, Connecticut, home of The Owl Shop, an excellent tobacconist.  I 
started with cigars about a year ago with a couple of Avos.  Finding 
them a little pricey for continued use, I then set out to sample as many 
varieties as I could.  Right now my humidor contains Hoyo de Monterrey 
Rothschilds (my regular smoke of choice), some Rey del Mundos and 
Belindas (also Rothschild size), several A. Fuente Double Chateaus, and 
about a dozen La Gloria Cubana Torpedo No. 1's that I got from the 
factory last summer and have been slowly rationing to myself since.  

I notice that people like to discuss what to drink while smoking.  I enjoy 
In the same vein as the note I saw from one gentleman who said that the 
best beverage with a cigar was Dr. Pepper, I'll mention that I enjoy a drink
called Mocha Cooler, made by Nestle.  It's a coffee/chocolate beverage 
that I think is just great over ice with a cigar after dinner on a weeknight.

I also wanted to mention two excellent letters to the editor in the New 
York Times last week in response to the proposed Draconian restrictions 
on smoking.  One writer pointed out that the same logic that led to the 
smoking ban could be extended to justify a ban on automobiles in New York 
as well.  After all, auto exhaust pollutes and causes health 
problems--and those who object to tobacco smoke can avoid restaurants, 
etc. where it is permitted.  No one can avoid breathing the 
auto-exhaust-laden city air, though.  Finally, another letter writer, 
in response to an antismoker's comment that separate smoking and 
non-smoking areas in restaurants were unacceptable because the nonsmoker 
might have to pass though the smoking area on the way to the rest room 
(!), said, "and they called the 70's the Me Generation!"

Well, I've rambled on long enough.  Please use any or all or none of this 
as you see fit.  Thanks again, and a very merry Christmas and happy New 
Year to you and all of our fellows in the fraternity of tobacco lovers.


| Paul Baumgartel                                            |
| Principal Consultant, Adept Computer Associates, Inc.      |
| ???????????????                                            |

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From: ????????????????????????

In Defense of Sandblasts

I am a sandblast collector, and my remarks are intended to address
misconceptions widely held by pipe smokers and pipe store
personnel about sandblasts, which tend to be viewed as second-
class citizens of the pipe world. This article necessarily
expresses my own tastes and reflects my experience with particular
pipes. Although I feel a certain conviction of the rightness of my
views, they nonetheless remain only my views; I do not elevate
them to the status of universal imperishable truth.  Ideally, this
article should be complemented by one written by a pipemaker about
the processes used to created sandblasts.

Three statements are often made about sandblasts:

(1) Sandblasts are second-best pipes, suitable if a purchaser
cannot afford to buy a smooth. Sandblasts have no aesthetic
virtues of their own: they are essentially non-smooths.

(2) Sandblasts and carved pipes are indistinguishable: both are
rough, as opposed to smooth, pipes.

(3) Sandblasts are made from inferior wood too flawed to produce a

Concerning (1): smokers collect sandblasts because of inherent
qualities not shared by other pipes. Personally, I find them
beautiful, fascinating, subtle, and dramatic; they possess a
strong character different from, and, to my mind, far more
interesting than that of a smooth. A smooth pipe seems two-
dimensional and dull next to a good blast, similar to a flat map
versus a relief map--on the latter, you can feel the mountain
ranges. Good blasts have a tactile dimension lacked by smooths. 

As for (2), although almost all pipe store salespeople I have met
cannot tell a blasted from a carved pipe, it seems to me that a
blind bat should be able to tell the difference--it is that
obvious. Sandblasting accentuates the grain; carving obliterates
it (even the old Sasieni carved pipes only approximate the grain
in a stylized fashion). On a well-grained smooth pipe, cross-grain
lines can sometimes be discerned running against the grain lines
at a 90 degree angle. Sandblasting renders both cross and grain
lines in bold relief. The fascination of a good blast derives from
the interaction between the cross and the grain lines as first
one, then the other, catches the eye in superimposed shifting
images which change according to the light, angle, and
accentuation in different parts of the bowl and shank.

The treatment of cross and grain lines, as well as the cut of the
wood and depth and definition of the blast, effect a high degree
of individual variation in sandblast pipes. But the essential
effect of a goodblast derives from the quality of the grain. If
the briar is not well and closely grained, there is nothing for
the blast to bring out. I have seen sandblasts made by prestigious
makers which were complete failures, because the wood was badly
grained to begin with.

Carved pipes, on the other hand, obliterate the grain, whether
they are deeply gouged like Ascortis and Castello Searocks, or
lightly carved like Radicis. They have a tactile dimension that at
first appears similar to that of a sandblast, but whereas a good
blast renders the grain three-dimensional, carving hides the grain
under an imposed pattern so that it can be neither seen nor felt.
Sandblasting accentuates grain; carving obscures it.

It is for this reason that I personally don't like Ashton pebble-
shells. Unlike the pebble-grains, which are often extraordinary
blasts, pebble-shells are first blasted and then carved--the grain
is obliterated, and the resulting pipe is neither a strong blast
nor a distinctive carving job.

Different makers and nationalities have distinctive sandblast
styles. Italian makers favor straight-grains, emphasizing the
evenness and definition of the cross-grain lines ringing the bowl.
Ser Jacopos tend to quite defined and fairly deep; Becker produces
fairly few blasts, but these are absolutely superb; Castello
blasts are usually shallow and ill-defined. English pipes (such as
Dunhill, Ashton, and the old Charatan), on the other hand, are
often cross-grained, creating a less uniform, erratic, and more
varied effect, like that of an aerial photograph of a country that
contains many types of terrain. The cross-graining necessarily
produces more birds-eye than in a straight-grained pipe. In my
opinion, birds-eye patterns tends to fare less well under a blast
than grain-lines; they turn into a series of little craters.
English makers, of course, also produce straight-grained blasts,
but most English cross-grains would not be acceptable to Italian
makers--the aesthetic is different. As for American pipes, I have
seen photographs of pipes made by Mike Butera, and I own several
pipes made by J.D. and Deb Cooke. Butera and Cooke pipes rank
among the finest blasts I have seen anywhere--deep, well-defined,
and varied. The Cooke pipes are the most rugged and close-grained
blasts I have ever smoked.

As for (3): it is true that a maker will use wood with the fewest
surface flaws (such as sand-pits) for smooth pipes, which fetch a
higher price. But badly flawed wood cannot produce a good blast:
if the grain is bad, the blast has nothing to work upon, and
blasting accentuates flaws. A deeply-pitted pipe will simply be
torn to bits by sandblasting. Today, makers tend to use their
worst wood for carved pipes, not sandblasts. 

In conclusion, sandblast pipes are not the same as carved pipes,
nor are they second- bests for people who cannot afford smooth
pipes, nor are they made from inferior, badly-grained wood. By
accentuating the grain and cross-grain in varying degrees of depth
and definition, by rendering the grain three-dimensional and
tactile, and by creating highly varied terrains, sandblasts create
subtle, dramatic, and fascinating textures.

[ Thanks for the treatise! I recently bought a GBD sandblast, and am
quite happy with it. -S. ]

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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Pipes digest.


Thank you so much for the back issues-- just one other problem.  The
issues 86-88 on the netcom site are in MS WORD 6.0 format... unussually
difficult for those of us without this software to read it...

Now that the administrivia is over, I would like to be re-added to the
pipes digest mailing list.  My address is:

As for a short bio:

I am 25, an instructor in mathematics at Robert Morris College here in
Pittsburgh, PA, and a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh.
I picked up a pipe at my wife's request (to wean me of cigarettes) when we
were in Boston for a year in 1991.  I bought a quarter-bent Ehrlich at Leavitt
and Pierce in Harvard Square, and 2 ounces of their black and gold mix.  I've
been hooked ever since.

I have, since then, acquired all of my father's old pipes (7 of them) and
two more of my own.  My own pipes are a Peterson Dublin, and a Stanwell with
a very odd shape.  It has no narrowing of the stem, and it has a trapezoidal
bowl.  The bite flares out to the width of the bottom of the bowl, and
as you go up, it getss narrower.  Very interesting to look at.  I received 
it as a Hannukah present this year, and have not smoked it yet.

I usually smoke mild aromatics, with a particular lean towards a light
Vanilla Cavendish, but my new present of a pipe came with four 2 ounce bags
of things that my wife likes, at least the way they smell in the bag, so
I will be branching out soon.  I also like to smoke a bowlful or two of
straight MacBaren's Virginia (#1) every now and then.  I just (last week)
had my first bowl of Dunhill's Early Morning Pipe - wow....  I may take to
that quite quickly.

Well, more fine reading material - I just printed up a bunch of back issues
to relax with over the semester break.

Enjoy your bowls,
Joshua C. Sasmor

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From: ??????????????????
Subject: Pipe Digest

Steve and all of the new found friends in the Mail Group,

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you all. Here is
hoping someone adds to your collection, your bowl burns evenly
on Christmas day and through out the coming year.

Steve Wyman

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Re: Joining your mailing list

Here is a little bit of info on the Gotham City Cigar Society.  I hope it
will fit in 1 file

The Gotham City Cigar Society is an exciting new club for cigar enthusiasts.
 Founded by cigar connoisseur, JOnathan Ressler, Gotham has already
accumulated a large membership enrollment in just a few short months.  The
Gotham City Cigar Society was formed to afford our select members the
exclusive opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of others who enjoy one of
life's greatest pleasures:  FINE CIGARS.

With the increasing pressure by special interest groups to curtail the
freedom to enjoy a cigar in most public places, restaurants, nightclubs,
sporting events, and even private homes, this club provides the perfect
environment for Cigar Enthusiasts.  But most importantly, it offers the
opportunity to light up and enjoy good times and make new friends.  To this
end, Gotham has a myriad of spectacular events planned for the upcoming year,
whcih include: a black-tie charity ball, golf and tennis outings, a casino
night, a day at a race car driving school, casual "get togethers," and
monthly cigar dinners at local restaurants.  Gotham welcomes the thoughts and
ideas of its members for future events and functions.

The members of the Gotham City Cigar Society are male and female
professionals aged 25 to 85.  They represent a multitude of professions,
including Wall Street, law, medicine, entertainment, the
restaurant/nightclub, and consumer proust industries.  Gotham already has a
solid elite membership base of several hundred, and is growing at a rate of
20 new members each week.

Gotham City Cigar Society also provides and incredible opportunity for people
who are directly or indirectly involved in the tobacco industry.  The unique
newsletter, which features a calender of events, reviews of cigar friendly
restaurants, and a column dedicated to promoting new cigar products, is
provided to our rapidly growing membership on a quarterly basis.

The first event for 1995 is a cigar dinner scheduled for January 16 at
Frontiere, the acclaimed Soho bistro on Prince Street in NYC.  The price of
the event includes a four course meal, fine wine and spirits, and a 'tasting
menu' of four cigars provided by Nat Sherman International.  The event will
also feature a presentation on "how cigars are made" by a representative of
Nat Sherman.  Our events are open to members, prospective members, and

Fo additional information or a membership application, please cal (212)

I hope that is enough info


[ This sounds like a _lot_ of fun, Jonathan! Are any of the members
going to Shanken's thing in DC in March? -S. ]

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From: DG <???????????????????>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #169 - December 16, 1994

Just a note to say how much I enjoy the digest! The tone of all of the 
contributors is warm, friendly, and refreshing given the well-known 
flaming seen elsewhere on the net.

I probably shouldn't say this, but I'm not certain I agree wholeheartedly 
with the anti smokeban sentiment seen on the net. While I enjoy my pipes 
& cigars and also wish I could smoke in a variety of places, I am equally 
concerned about the medical data and possible effects on non-smoker. Not 
everyone has a choice of where to work and who to work around, and I 
think that imposing a potential risk on a non-willing participant should 
give all smokers pause.

If nothing else, I like to join my smoking friends for the fellowship of 
pipe smoking in the privacy of our own homes. The company and atmosphere 
can't be beat; no angry glares or nasty comments from non-smokers. Just 
good clean(!) fun.

Don't you dare cut my subscription......

Dave Green
E-Mail ???????????????????

[ Well, Dave, quite a lot has been said here and elsewhere about the
truthfulness of the EPA "meta-analysis," the First Amendment right to
peaceful assembly, and the proper role of government in the private
lives of its citizens. I would personally prefer to live under a
system where citizens acted like adults and the government treated
them accordingly. In particular, I'd like to be left with some clubby,
wood-paneled hideaway where my friends and I could drop in, drink some
brandy, smoke our politically incorrect nicotania tabacum, and shoot
the breeze. The antis _will_ deprive us of this unless we speak up,
fast, loud, and often. But don't worry, disagreement is not grounds
for cutting anyone's subscription.  :-). Smoke in peace. -S. ]

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Article Index

  1. Subject: Pipes Digest #170 - December 23, 1994
  2. Subject: The adventure to satisfy a tobak sweet tooth
  3. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #169 - December 16, 1994
  4. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #169 - Decem...
  5. Subject: Cigars and Thurber
  6. Subject: NEED ADDRESS
  7. Subject: The Rum Tobacco
  8. Subject: for the Digest
  9. Subject: Smoke Signal #11
  10. Subject: RE: Pipes Digest #169 - December 16, 1994
  11. Subject: Pipes Digest
  12. Subject: Pipes digest.
  13. Subject: Pipe Digest
  14. Subject: Re: Joining your mailing list
  15. Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #169 - December 16, 1994
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