Pipe Tobacco Reviews

Bengal Slices White Tobacco Review

I joked with a cigar appreciator friend that daylight savings time is like this: one clips an inch of the cap from the head of the cigar, affixes it to the foot and expects the smoke to last longer. Pipes on the other hand, you just keep adding a little if necessary — therefore, clearly it wasn’t a pipe guy who invented or maintains the silliness of daylight savings time. He told me I was full of shit, I told him the same thing; we smoked, we drank, and had a good time. Even if we “lost” an hour.

The man knows his cigars, but never was a fan of Latakia, and I swear I didn’t bring in Bengal Slices White to annoy him. There wasn’t much left in the tin at this point, and I knew my written gibberish and notes needed to be compiled into a more publishable and readable format. So I sat, compiling on my laptop, waiting for him to refer to the smell of Latakia as a “dumpster fire” as usual. To my surprise, he complimented me.

Radio Talk Show

Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 375

Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 375! Our featured interview tonight is with Len Fogel & Greg Polla. They own MerchantServicePipes.com. They’ve re-introduced the old Merchant Service brand to the pipe smoking community. They are making beautiful and affordable versions of the iconic “Bing” shape. In the Pipe Parts segment, Brian will answer a listener’s question about how to get into the pipes and tobacco business. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!


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A Chat with Chris Gawith of Gawith and Hoggarth

I had a chance to sit down with Chris Gawith and chat to him about his two brands, Samuel Gawith and Gawith and Hoggarth. It was an audio interview, so I have transcribed it as such.

Are you thinking about dropping one of the brands?

No, not at all. They are all made under the same roof; when Sam Gawith came over to us we bought the men, machinery, and the brands, basically everything just sort of moved, more or less all of them stayed, maybe one or two decided to move on. It has been run up to now as just their company under our roof, which works to a point. But now we’ve discovered what the demand is, but the two brands will remain as they are.

The problem with leaving it just at that stage which we are trying to address. You can’t operate as a business with two teams of people; we need to manage the equipment and the human resources to deliver what pipe smokers want us to deliver. Gawith Hoggarth can produce tobacco a lot quicker; it’s just the nature of how the tobacco is made at Samuel Gawith.

The Pipe Pundit

As Time Goes By

Okay, here is the scoop, just in time for Thanksgiving and bird-carving: My opposable thumbs have become opposing digits. Imagine!

In other words, after years of typing on everything from an ancient Underwood the size of a modern-day airplane carry-on bag and advancing all the way up to nano-sized smartphone keyboards, my thumbs have decided they’ve had enough punishment.

So, what, you might ask, what has this to do with pipe smoking?

Excellent question.

I mention this to explain a dreadful condition, or my definition of frozen thumb syndrome: “thumbritis.”

This is my version of a malady that affects those who use their thumbs in critical motion to (1) type stories for a living or (2) pack a pipe bowl with a favorite tobacco blend using aging and decrepit thumbs.

And, yes, I like the Frank Method or something I have used for a long while akin to the air method, whatever.

This means I must employ the use of my thumbs, either to manipulate a computer keyboard or to gently pack tobacco into a pipe bowl.

Pipe Smoking Lifestyle

Where Will Pipes Be In 100 Years?

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.”