Pipe Tobacco Reviews

Kyle Weiss
This is the second installment of a series of reviews I have lined up for you, again from the Missouri Meerschaum line of tobaccos, blended by Russ Ouellette. Missouri Pride in its description appealed to me in the slow, cold month of February. Described as “…A classic American-style blend, highlighted by smooth, nutty Burley plus Virginia.” Something simple for a month many people see as something to trudge through. It comes just like the others in the line, a plastic-encased printed paper pouch–nothing fancy, and nothing overstated.

In the pouch the tobacco’s aroma is a little sweet, a little fig-like, toasty and also smelling very gently of molasses. The ribbons are cut more as a shave than in long strips. It wasn’t difficult to choose a cob pipe from the same makers as an obvious choice, which takes to loading perfectly fine. This tobacco was designed for cobs, however, I found no problem with grabbing a favorite briar and smoking away, either.

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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! In our opening segment, Brian will answer a question from a listener regarding the use of bamboo on pipe shanks. Hint: It started out as more than an embellishment. Our featured interview is with Greek Pipe Maker Michail Kyriazanos. He was raised in the Aegean island of Paros and studied electrical engineering in Athens. Then he started to smoke pipes, and fell in love with them. He moved back to Paros years ago and is making excellent Danish-style shapes and perfect classic shapes as well.  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
I admit to being a pipe people watcher. And after a trip in the late 1980s to Edinburgh, Scotland, I got serious and began intensive study of pipe smokers and their ritual-like habits.

The thing that perked my interest in Edinburgh was a couple of gentlemen relaxing in an Edinburgh pub.

Oh, they were so distinguished in decorum, dress, and modesty.

For me, the scene was one of those iconic occurrences you see in old movies: two elderly gentlemen, in tweed coats, knotted ties, Scottish wool touring caps, laughing at some small joke.

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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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    Peterson's version of the classic straight Bulldog, the "150" shape, is presented here in the Killarney finish, characterized by the rich red ruby ...
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