As changes start to happen every year about this time, a reversal of what usually happens around October–I start finding I want a little less Latakia and a little more Virginia. It’s true across much of the pipe world: all roads lead to Virginia…once they are cleared from snow, that is. I’ve spent some considerable time inside as the Wild West has been inundated with rain, and in my case, a lot of snow. I’m ready for some sunshine.
James Fox tobaccos aren’t as big a name in my neck of the woods as far as pipe tobacco, yet I do remember spending some time with the company’s products a while back. My predecessor Mr. E. Roberts tackled another James Fox product, Dorisco, which I also dove into in a more casual manner over on another forum. I remember having a good run-in with Campanile as well. As my tastes have been seasonally migrating, I shrugged and nodded as a random tin chose itself for me and fell out onto the floor as I rummaged through my cellar…
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People are always talking about pipe and drink pairings. Claiming certain wines or whiskeys pair better with certain blends of tobaccos. I got to thinking about it this week and decided I really want to know what foods pair best with my favorite tobaccos.
To sort this out, I headed to my favorite rueben place in town (there are a lot of terrible ruebens out there, but a good rueben is glorious) and I sat on the balcony and I packed three pipes. None of those tobaccos really worked very well, and I had to clean the stem of all three pipes to get some of the corned beef out of the bit. So I returned the next day with three different tobaccos.
It’s been 16 days since I started this experience, and I have to say—ruebens just aren’t that good anymore.
In the four decades I first discovered the joys of pipe smoking, I have learned that life changes when you aren’t looking. Leave the room and when you return, something is missing. Like your favorite pipe tobacco!
The older I become, the more I understand that getting older is far more desirable than not getting older.
No, really, putting age between the ears provides you with some brain cells you didn’t know you had, especially when you were in the wild flames of youth.
For example, I don’t scorch my tongue with cheap tobaccos any longer. Nor do I puff my pipes like an overworked engine today. In fact, I don’t do many things I once thought important, such as staying out all night in all the wrong places.
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Dr. Michael Garr, Ph. D. aka "Doc Garr"
We have lots of anecdotal information about whether pipe smoking is on the increase or decrease. And we have anecdotal information about what age groups are more likely to smoke a pipe. What we are lacking is systematic information about the age distribution of pipe smoking across a number of years.