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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 Neil Strong. Neil is a pipe smoker and big collector of Savinelli pipes. He is also featured in the new Winter 2015 issue of Pipes & Tobaccos Magazine for his unique collection of 600 pipe-smoking Santa Claus Figurines. In "Pipe Parts", Brian will continue his talk about  his collection of Disney pipes and tobaccos. Yes, they used to actually sell them at Disney World. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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The Speakeasy

Ethan Brandt
Many of us are used to our alcohol coming in two temperature categories: room temperature or cold.
Almost all shots are consumed at room temperature and many purists will often sip straight rum, bourbon, whisky, or tequila also at a lukewarm level, along with the near certainty of red wine being around room temp. On the other side are the many cold cocktails and beers, like gin and tonic, Old Fashioned, or martinis.

Once fall passes its mantle to winter, however, I find myself returning once more to the drinks that I have ignored since the last time snow fell: hot drinks. The most well-known drink in the category is almost certainly the Hot Toddy.

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Pipe Tobacco Reviews

E. Roberts
Well the days keep getting shorter, and the nights keep getting colder…and we’re getting older, too.
Winter is well and truly here, and so is some new tobacco, just arrived in the post: Mac Baren’s Dark Twist, as well as a sample pouch of Modern Virginia Loose Cut. With so much more evening time to enjoy each day, a suitable companion for the pipe is a must. Mac Baren, as always, obliges handily with their wares, both old and new.

Dark Twist is one of Mac Baren’s stable of truly classic blends developed in the 1950s and 60s (’55, to be exact), a few of which have been reviewed here at—see our write-ups of Mixture Scottish Blend, Roll Cake, and the erstwhile Burley London Blend. In fact, it’s becoming somewhat of a Christmas tradition to review Mac Baren tobaccos—last year we indulged in some Navy Flake at holiday time, which reminds me it’s time to crack open another tin of that blend after this review.

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Put That in Your Pipe

Marshall "Butch" Armstrong
It sounds like a book title, doesn’t it, "Dreams of old Virginia?" For all I know, it could be, but for the purposes of this article it has to do with the smoking of Virginia tobacco. I was browsing through the forums here at Pipes and found one titled, "The art of smoking Virginias." The entries were very interesting. Before I decided to write this article I had only smoked Dunhill Virginia Flake. My friend Ted ( check out his Facebook page here) gave me a tin and I didn’t like it the first time I tried it because it seemed to be so mild that there wasn’t much flavor. After smoking it a few more times I started to enjoy it. Then I read the forum posts and realized that there were a lot of subtleties to a Virginia Flake. I came up with a plan to find out more about this intriguing tobacco. I would buy a few different brands of Virginia Flake and smoke nothing but those for a couple of weeks to find out what they were all about. Sound like fun? Well it was and I learned quite a bit.

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    Ask G. L. Pease (Volume 43)

    G. L. Pease
    This time of year,
    I find myself feeling a little sorry for those who live in other parts of the country. It has nothing to do with the weather, though I suppose that might be reason enough, but everything to do with the opening of the season for that magnificent regional delicacy, the Dungeness crab. Don't take me wrong. Other crabs are delicious too, and of course, easterners have their lobsters, but the Dungeness crab is special. Its meat is firm, sweet, delicious, and the things are brawny enough to offer a more tangible reward for the not insignificant effort of divesting them of their hard, sharp shells.

    Nothing is better on an early winter's day than playing tourist, and buying a couple of these delectable crustaceans from the crab mongers along Fisherman's Wharf who boil them in giant pots, crack their shells with a mallet, and bundle them up in butcher paper. Add a loaf of crusty Boudin sourdough, which also cannot be found anywhere else, a stick of butter, a bottle of crisp, unoaked Chardonnay, and a beach towel (eating crab can be messy business), and you've got everything you need for a fabulous movable feast, unique to the left coast. If it's not raining, find a quiet place and tuck in. You can have a salad later, if you must. I know what I'm doing this weekend...

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    Top Ten Holiday Gifts to Please the Piper

    E. Roberts
    Like it or not, the holidays start earlier every year.
    Now that I've officially entered my Grumpy Old Man period, this serves as an opportunity for me to interject, "Bah, humbug!" immediately after Halloween, perhaps even on the same night. Don't even get me started on the holiday music. On the bright side, it also means retailers offer substantial incentives to kickstart the seasonal spending spree, so in the interest of pragmatism, this holiday wish list is offered in a timely fashion.

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    Options and Alternatives: Slush & Smoke

    Steve Morrisette
    This time out I thought I'd discuss some timely choices, alternatives or options that could be useful or appealing to you, dear readers. The first of these involves footwear and a bit of a seasonal introduction.

    Snow, Hills, RWD, and Loafers: Recently folks living in the central plateau of Tennessee (properly known as the southern portion of the Cumberland Plateau) were warned by the National Weather Service of an approaching winter storm and the strong possibility of receiving a substantial snowfall.

    Nashville, my current place of residence and business is smack dab in the middle of said plateau.

    Three years ago, the winter I arrived here, it snowed every four days for about three weeks. It was "very unusual to have this much snow here". This I was told, every three or four days, during that entire period.

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    A Very Peterson Christmas


    E Roberts
    It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas ... thanks to Peterson's Holiday Season 2014 edition.
    Coming so soon after the recent review of their Summertime and Special Reserve blends, we here at knew we had to kick it up another notch for this review–so we'll be reviewing a Peterson Christmas 2014 pipe as well!

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    April in Paris

    Alan Schwartz
    April in Paris:
    From the classic tune by Vernon Duke to Count Basie's big band playing it "'One More Time," this souvenir of our cultural history transcends generations. PipeSMOKE visits Paris in the spring and tags along as George Fricker, in town on extended business, decides one morning to buy a new pipe. With photographer Pierre Vauthey, we followed George to a few of the best smokeshops and recorded how he found not only the briar roots he wanted, but the blossoms of romance. Here is the treatment for our story.

    In the cafe on a mild Saturday morning, George sits alone, content after coffee and croissant, smoking his well-used briar, reading the newspaper, humming:

    April in Paris... Chestnuts in blossom... Holiday tables under the trees...
    April in Paris... This is a feeling... No one can ever reprise ...

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    Who doesn't love a fancy looking, high-polished, jet black pipe? There are only a handful of pipe makers doing these and in my opinion, for the price,...
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    Swedish Match Lights Up FDA With Proposal

    Fred Brown
    Several years ago, a sundown farmer walked his fields of tobacco, looking, watching and wondering about the future. His farm, roughly 300 acres, had been in his family for more than 200 years. Many of his ancestors arrived along the Tennessee-Kentucky border shortly after the end of the Revolutionary War and settled upon rich valley croplands to raise crops, especially tobacco.

    During the South's Civil War, the family had to defend the land from marauding troops from both Union and Confederate. Good tobacco was as necessary as food in the war.

    In a brief tour, the farmer pointed out a graveyard where the family had buried its dead over the two centuries. They had become part of the soil, he said, just as his soul was also part of the soil.

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