James Foster & Kevin Godbee
Rumors have run rampant in forums and social media all week about the merger of Samuel Gawith and Gawith Hoggarth. Now they are confirmed. PipesMagazine.com exchanged email and spoke on the phone to Bob Gregory, the Managing Director of Samuel Gawith.
The official release states:
After months of deliberation and negotiation I am pleased to advise that the House of Samuel Gawith and Gawith Hoggarth will merge on March 18th.
The men and machinery of SG will move to the larger and more adequate factory of GH. The men will be the same as will the machinery. The brand will be made in exactly the same way as it has been since 1792 with no change to blend, water or branding.
The Seattle Pipe Club has announced that they will add three new blends to their line-up this year, bringing the total count to six. The original three blends; (Mississippi River, Plum Pudding, and Seattle Evening - see them here.) created by club member Joe Lankford, have been long-time best sellers, and receive constant rave reviews.
Well now, Joe has done it again. I had the chance to smoke two of the blends during The Seattle Pipe Club Annual dinner two weeks ago, where I happened to be the keynote speaker. [See the article here.] I thoroughly enjoyed both Deception Pass and Pike Place. I didn’t get a chance to try Potlatch. All three blends will be sold through PipesAndCigars.com.
There is a new storm a-brewing. No, not like the one that hammered the East Coast like a punching bag last week. This storm is the new tobacco blends being cooked up in the laboratory of the master pipe tobacco blender, the maestro of tobacco, Russ Ouellette of Pipes and Cigars fame.
And do not think this is just another blend you will buy and maybe think of putting in a cellar somewhere and forget about until one day you pull it from the back of the shelf, or out of a cardboard box.
The reason for special attention is because this new tobacco blend carries the name of Russ Ouellette: The RO Series.
In other words, the mother of all signature blends is in the works from one of the finest, if not the finest, tobacco blenders on the globe.
The Wounded Warriors Project produced by Bobby Nesbitt and the Two Friends Pipes before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, was a big success.
In fact, Nesbitt says the auction went so well he is now considering an auction for other national events to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Nesbitt and Two Friends Pipes, started with his pal Charles Stewart, held an online pipes and tobacco auction that was unique in that pipe collectors went online to bid on pipes and tobacco that were not for profit but for the WWP.
Bobby Nesbitt, who owns and operates Two Friends Pipes with his pal, Charles Stewart, will host an online pipes and tobacco auction Nov. 25 a couple of days before Thanksgiving, with all proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Here is an opportunity for the pipe community to help American veterans who have returned from dangerous far-off lands of war, many of them with physical and mental injuries.
The Wounded Warrior Project was started to honor and empower wounded warriors. The program began in 2010 when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from the battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need, according to the WWP website.
Mac Baren has just introduced their latest pipe tobacco blend; Modern Virginia - in both loose cut and flake cut versions. The blend contains 70% Virginia tobaccos of two types; a bright yellow and a dark, each from a different country of origin. Next in the recipe is the “Modern Cavendish” which makes up 20% of the blend. Traditionally, Cavendish is made from Burley tobaccos. Modern Cavendish is Mac Baren’s name for their black Cavendish made from Virginia tobaccos - so there is definitely a lot of Virginia going on here. The last 10% of the mix comes from Burley. The Burley helps round out the flavor, and balances the sweetness and any potential bite or overheating from the Virginia tobaccos. Mac Baren says there is a "slightly detectable topping of sweet, ripe fruit". I haven’t had a chance to smoke it yet, but there is nothing slight in the tin aroma. The bouquet from the can reminds me of the breakfast cereal Fruity Pebbles.
Today, September 17, 2014 is Danish pipe artisan Tom Eltang’s 40th year as a pipe maker. He is throwing a big party in Denmark to commemorate his anniversary. He is also celebrating the launch of his new pipe tobacco line, simply named; "Tom Eltang Tobacco".
Interestingly enough, two of the largest pipe tobacco factories are located in Denmark, but the famous Danish pipe maker is having his tobacco made in the USA, by Cornell & Diehl in North Carolina.
When asked why, Eltang remarked; "I had to wait until my friend bought a tobacco factory before I could have my tobacco made!"
Tom Eltang and Sykes Wilford are good friends. Sykes visits Denmark every year, and the two of them always spend considerable time together. Sykes is the founder of SmokingPipes.com. The parent company of the dominant online retailer, Laudisi Enterprises, merged with tobacco maker Cornell & Diehl effective January 1st of this year.
PipesMagazine.com received a letter today from The Sutliff Tobacco Company as follows.
As many of you are aware CVS has parted ways with the tobacco industry and for many years our brand, Admiral’s Choice has been solely sold through CVS with great success; however we would like to announce that PipesandCigars.com will now be the sole internet retailer of the Admiral’s Choice Brand.
Pipes and Cigars provide superior customer service along with the being a major leading internet retail stop for all tobacco needs. It is our hope that you will contact them for Admiral’s Choice Pipe Tobacco.
Pipes and Cigars can be reached via the web at www.pipesandcigars.com or 1-800-494-9144
Via Press Release - Sutliff Tobacco Company is proud to announce that as of September 3rd 2014, it has been awarded the exclusive right to import Gizeh Papers and Accessories into the United States.
Gizeh has a long and illustrious story, from its founding in 1920 in Cologne Germany to the powerhouse company and industry leader it has become today.
Their corporate group is one of the world’s three largest and leading manufacturers in the smokers’ accessories sector and the group’s diverse range of products include rolling papers, filters, filter tubes and other accessories for home-made enjoyment.
With operations in Germany, Holland, France and Austria; Gizeh is a world leader in this exciting product category, and Sutliff Tobacco Company is very proud to be associated with such a fine company.
All orders for Gizeh Products in the United States can be placed with Sutliff Tobacco Company and we are pleased to add this exciting group of products to our portfolio of market offerings.
For more information on Gizeh Products please visit their website at: Gizeh-Online.com
Richmond, Virginia - Brigham USA has entered into a joint venture with Sutliff Tobacco Company to combine Sales, Marketing and Distribution throughout the United States. Products from both companies will now be available to order through a new sales team headed by Brian Levine. Brian has a wealth of experience in the Pipe & Cigar industry and has worked for Dunhill, Peter Stokkebye and the IPCPR.
According to Levine: "This joint venture will allow Sutliff/Brigham to offer a complete range of products from pipe tobacco to pipes, including pipe and cigar accessories. I am very excited about this joint venture as it allows both Sutliff and Brigham to trade off on each other’s strengths and creates One-Stop Shopping for our retailers."
Brigham USA offers a wide range of products for tobacconists such as Oliver Twist, cigar & pipe accessories, Columbus leather goods, pipe tobacco, Capri & Lorenzetti pipes and their own brand of Brigham pipes. The company was founded in 1906 by Roy Brigham and is still owned by the Brigham family.
Sutliff Tobacco Company is America’s Oldest Pipe Tobacco Company and an industry leader in both mass market as well as premium selections of fine Pipe Tobacco since their founding in 1849. In addition to their extensive line of pipe tobaccos manufactured in their Richmond Virginia factory, they also distribute Mac Baren pipe tobacco as well as Gizeh rolling papers and other products.