Pipe Tobacco Reviews

Last time I checked, Skiff Mixture by Samuel Gawith wasn’t really on anyone’s radar.  Well, besides being among those more recently a tad difficult to purchase in the US.  I’ve spent time with this tobacco when I first started smoking, and since then I’ve kept the occasional tin handy. I was never really wowed by Skiff Mixture nor did I have any reason to avoid it. Most of the time I spent time with it early on I was being yanked and ushered in 900 directions by well-meaning guys who wanted to guide me to their version of smoking paradise. By the time I figured out what I liked to smoke and what I did not, something like Skiff Mixture was lost in both scope and value. The reason was for none other than the noise generated by everyone and everything else, reasonable and not.

My smoking today has taken an admittedly different turn. Long gone are the days I can work by own schedule and leisure. I am a man of sad corporate cloth to survive, and not only time but attitude has changed. Skiff Mixture is a relatable product at this point. Like myself, overlooked and under-appreciated, not there to wow or cause panic. In less a dramatic notion, it comes to mind I simply needed a tobacco in a pinch. Something readily available that doesn’t need poetry written about it but won’t make me a badass for smoking a huge bowl and barfing.  A tobacco that tasted good, and ultimately satisfied my need to chill when the appropriate setting and time allowed.

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Radio Talk Show

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 will be an extended version of “Ask the Pipe Maker” with Jeff Gracik, of J. Alan Pipes. Jeff is a well-known, expert, artisan pipe maker. He has been making pipes for over 15-years. He can make any of the classic shapes, but concentrates more on the freehand Danish style pipes. In “Pipe Parts” we will have “A Tale of Two Tobaccos” from Brian’s personal collection. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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Industry Spotlight

James Foster, CST
Premium Cigar AssociationAfter my previous article covering the regulatory affairs in the industry and the changes to International Premium Cigar &; Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) tradeshow, I thought a good follow up would be all the good news and great new products that are still hitting the market this year as a bit of a pick-me-up if you were feeling a bit down in the dumps. This post will be a bit picture heavy so strap in. Also, note a few of these pipes and brands I didn’t get a chance to talk with very much because the manufacturers are all doing business with the retailers so the press is always advised to leave them alone until they are not busy. Given that fact, I may not have as much information on all the pipes that you might expect, and in some cases, I may have only had 1-2 minutes to chat. Read More…

The Pipe Pundit

The heart of every pipe smoker beats precipitously faster at the thought of that one go-to pipe in his or her collection.

Let’s talk pipes and tobaccos, shall we? We all love our pipes and tobaccos, right?

And most of us have the pipe addition affliction, and the tobacco addiction affliction, which means we are constantly on the watch for “that one great pipe to go with that one great tobacco.”

Adding another pipe and a pound or two of that one exalted tobacco to our beloved collections can become an all-consuming quest.

It is purely a subjective hunt, of course. And I am no expert at this. I can’t match the likes of pipedom maestros such as Maxim (www.pipe2smoke.com) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, or Chuck Stanion with Smokingpipes.com (www.smokingpipes.com)

These legendary pipe men have forgotten more than I will ever know.

Maxim’s pipe missives have taught me that flakes smoke best in pipes whose inside diameter narrows a smidgen from top to bottom. Picture a V here.

And English or straight Virginia blends seemingly smoke best in larger bowls with thick walls. A large and thick O here.

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    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.

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