Pipe Tobacco Reviews

Kyle Weiss

Almost like the spirit of the holidays, when the razor-edge scenarios between sanity and comfort swirl about like snow, reaching for a good smoke is essential.  Red Virginia is one of my favorite of favorite tobaccos out there.  It’s mellow, slow-burning, refreshing, not too acidic, not too sweet and not too meaty.  Properly handled, it is a fantastic base for any mixture, especially when carrying the flavors of other tobaccos needs to be done with dignity.  Red Virginia, I might say, is close to tobacco perfection–to make it sing requires a special hand to blend and a gentle approach to smoke.  In my experience, any blend or mixture with a sizable helping of red Virginia tobacco doesn’t take kindly to seriously unkempt pipes and it will snarl a bit with serious rapid puffing.  Snarling is part of the overall theme this time of year if things aren’t kept in check, so perhaps it would be a mindful and good companion.  I don’t know about you, but 2018 has been a rough one, and I’ll be glad when it moves on, and I might as well do it with pleasure. Read More…

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! Tonight’s featured interview will be the 2nd in our series with the former owners of the now closed McClelland Tobacco company, “Storytime with Mike & Mary McNiel”. Most people know that McClelland was one of the most popular boutique pipe tobacco companies for 40-years. Their story is well told in Tobacconist Magazine. The part that only pipe show attendees know is that Mary & Mike are a joy, and a pleasure to listen to, so our show listeners are in for a real treat. In Pipe Parts, Brian will tobacco review on Mac Baren HH Burley Flake. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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Industry Spotlight

James Foster
Bisgaard Pipes Logo
If you haven’t heard of Bisgaard Pipes you’re not alone. I actually hadn’t heard about them either until Kevin mentioned to me that they were under new ownership. “New Ownership? I didn’t know the old owners, how long have they been in business?” I asked.

“Why don’t you write an article about it and you’ll find out,” he said.

“I see how it is Kevin.”

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The Pipe Pundit

Fred Brown
This is a pipe, with apologies to René Magritte,  The Treachery of Images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe), in a little word play on the title of the 1929 surrealist masterpiece.

This time of year, it is always good to look back and to find things for which we are thankful, real things that made us happy, and make us want to move forward in life.

My pipes are some of those life things. They are always with me, physically or playing around in my memory. They never fail to perform a needed emotional lift just when I need it.

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    Rick Newcombe

    Last May I attended the Chicago Pipe Show, and the first person I saw was an Englishman named Reggie Stevens. Reg lives in Birmingham, England and speaks with the accent of someone who has lived in the north of England his whole life. He sounds a little like Ringo Starr.

    "Reg!" I said, "It's so good to see you!" as I gave him a big bear hug.

    "Well, I'll tell you, mate," he said, "I'm feeling a little better now. My wife of 54 years died in January, and this is the first time I can feel the cloud lifting a little – because of all the love and friendship there is at this pipe show."

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