Pipe Tobacco Reviews

Kyle Weiss
I still use and enjoy the first two Missouri Meerschaum cobs I ever bought years ago. One came from my local Tinder Box, the other a Walgreens in a nearby Nevada township that was clearing them out for fifty cents. I had forgotten to bring my pipes at that time, as I was hired to do a mining claim staking job, but remembered my tobacco—an English blend of some sort. This time, the pipe mentioned above appeared like lost things tend to, when you least expect them and certainly when you aren’t looking for them.

This final review of a trio of tobaccos bearing the Missouri Meerschaum brand is called American Patriot. This is a self-proclaimed American/English blend. As with the other two I have written about, the tobacco comes in a clear plastic-lined paper pouch, contains a decent portion of Cyprian Latakia, and claims to have “…a light bourbon top note.” I suppose the spirit of the name and the blend is a nod at political and social history of the American past, being a unique amalgamation of otherwise traditional things.
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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 tonight is with Dal Stanton, a.k.a. The Pipe Steward, a.k.a. Dal in Bulgaria. Dal is a well-known pipe restorer, and blogger residing in Bulgaria. He is a spiritual man working for The Daughters of Bulgaria, an organization that seeks to confront the plague of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.  In Pipe Parts, Brian will answer a listener question on breaking out of routines, and trying new pipes and tobaccos. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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Pipe Collecting

James Foster, CST
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
As you know, last year we lost McClelland’s tobacco manufacturer, which was a terrific blow to our community.

And now, the announcement arrived with the Spring Issue of Pipes and Tobacco Magazine that it is closing its operation.

William C. Nelson, the editor, left the door open, he said, if someone had the resources to pick up the mantel, then Pipes and Tobaccos might continue.

Considering today’s print climate, I find that a forlorn hope.

Losing McClelland’s and P&T back-to-back are two major fatalities for the pipes and tobacco world.

The last issue of P&T contained three of pipes and tobacco journalism’s giants: William Serrad, Tad Gage and G.L. Pease.

Having just those three voices silenced is bad enough, but we lost Chuck Stanion from P&T’s editorial chair even before that. Read More…

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