Pipe Tobacco Reviews

Kyle Weiss
This particular tin became lost some years ago, between moves, breakups, job switching, and I had forgot about it. I shifted a box amongst some belongings and a small, blue anchovy-tin looking object tumbled to the floor.  I suddenly remembered my friend Anna in Finland sending this to me.  I realize this version of Capstan wasn’t commonly available here in the US a while back, and this particular tin has seen some mileage.  It isn’t the current Mac Baren incarnation, but apparently made under license in Denmark for Imperial Tobacco.  Regardless, this is a review more for nostalgia, as well as perhaps an indication of how well this tobacco managed to age.

I always have a tinge of concern when I pop an all-metal, brass tin open and there’s rust. Sometimes this means the tobacco is compromised, sometimes not. Fortunately this time things seem to be okay: the contrasted, calico flakes sitting inside had plenty of moisture and a nice smell of wood detritus, fruit blossoms and a touch of fermented Virginia tobacco.

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Radio Talk Show

Kevin Godbee
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We broadcast weekly, every Tuesday at 8 pm eastern USA time and are available on nearly all podcast sites and apps. Listen on your computer, tablet, phone and even in the car! Our featured interview is with Kevin Godbee (that’s me), the owner / founder of PipesMagazine.com. We decided to have me on the show since the site recently turned 10-years old. Brian and I talk about how the site started, how my pipe collecting and smoking have evolved, how to get banned in the forums, and my newer business that covers the local food and restaurant scene. In our opening segment, Brian will discuss nicotine, and read an article on it from the Winona Daily News. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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Pipe Collecting

James Foster
New Mexico Meer Mine

Recently on the forums, an old post got resurrected about the differences between block and pressed meerschaum and the reminder was that pressed meerschaum is rarely used these days because it takes huge machines to use.  I actually didn’t know this and thought it would be a good time to talk to some experts and pull out all the information about where the meerschaum industry is today.  But before we talk about today how about a peek at the past.  Did you know that we used to find meerschaum in the United States in New Mexico?

Let’s go back in time over a hundred years ago to 1907.  Turkey, like today, controlled the worlds purest and best meerschaum which was used for pipes, and as a natural insulator for heat, cold, and electricity.   We stumble across a hard to reach mine in the mountains near Silver City and Pinos Altos in South Western New Mexico. As an aside, 1907 was before we had automobiles everywhere -  this was train country and the horse still reigned supreme when it came to local transportation.  Not too far from the mine, only 26 years earlier, Billy, the Kid was shot dead.
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The Pipe Pundit

Fred Brown

I’d no more love just one kind of woman than drink only one kind of wine—from the lyrics in “Berkeley Woman,” written by Bryan Bowers and made popular by the late John Denver.

For the last few months, I have been working on an experiment that strikes at the heart of pipe smoking: Aromatic tobacco blends vs. non-aromatics tobacco blends.

Many of us begin our pipe-smoking journey with aromatic tobaccos, or doses of black cavendish (itself not an aromatic) with food-grade or other flavor additives applied.

Back in the day, say the 1950s through the 1960s and ‘70s, aromatics were de rigueur, and not a jumping off point for arguments.

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