Jim Amash aka JimInks
Welcome to Part Two of my look at the original eight Seattle Pipe Club blends. In Part One, I discussed how the club was founded, and how master blender Joe Lankford became involved in creating home made mixtures that eventually led to the luxury blends for which he and the club became famous.

Mississippi River, Mississippi River Special Reserve, Deception Pass, and Rainier Levant were previously covered here, so now let’s focus on the other four blends, Seattle Evening, Potlatch, Plum Pudding, and Plum Pudding Special Reserve. Afterwards I’ll relate a little more about Joe and the club.

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Orlik Dark Strong Kentucky
    October 6th, 2017

Kyle Weiss
October is by far my favorite month of the year. It abandons the heat and bustle of summertime as it holds at bay the harshness of the wintertime. The fall colors are a treat, the smells are fresh, the mornings brisk, and the afternoons mild. In the Northern hemisphere, most of the harvest is in full swing and much of the good stuff coming from farms and gardens is rolling into farmer’s markets and grocery stores. The first real harvest of grain back in August gets made into beer and spirits, and to make way for new barrels in aging rooms, the aged whiskeys come out from smaller distilleries. Autumn decorations dot the porches of neighborhoods, suburban minivan-moms lose their minds over pumpkin-spiced…everything, and kids strain and gnash on their leashes, eager to overdose on free sugar at the end of the month. It’s the best time of year.

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Wessex Burley Slice
    September 18th, 2017

Kyle Weiss
I have the most ridiculous system for storing my “cellar” of tobacco. It’s a bookshelf-stand kind of thing with solid, sliding front doors. It’s from the 1970s, rescued from the company rubbish pile years ago. It weighs a ton, the doors constantly fall off, and this is where I keep my much lauded and prized tobacco collection. The contents are various jumbles of jars and tins stretching back from current times to maybe 2010 or so. What, exactly does this have to do with me reviewing tobacco? It’s my most reliable source for what to try next: meaning, tobacco falls out onto the floor that I haven’t seen in years.

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Jim Amash aka JimInks
When the fledgling Seattle Pipe Club held their first meeting in January 2001,
the sole goal consisted of fun monthly evenings. This small, dedicated group of pipe smokers enjoyed each other’s company and discussed their mutual love of the gentle art that brought them together. Off topic subjects only further enriched their meetings and relationships, and the membership increased as the news got out that this monthly event was one not to be missed. In time, the club held summer picnics, annual dinners with awards and auctions, slow smoke contests, and invited special guest speakers from the most prominent members of the pipe community.

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Peterson Irish Oak Review
    August 4th, 2017

Kyle Weiss
Around the time I thought I wasn’t going to let go of Latakia before it started to snow again,
I was reminded of a tobacco I had tried and enjoyed a while back but didn’t really get to know. It’s a curious mixture, one put out by Peterson of Dublin (presumably by Orlik) called “Irish Oak.” You might recall about a year ago I did a spread on Peterson’s Balkan Delight, and I was pretty charmed by it. This is when I tried the last little bit of Irish Oak that was laying around the shop as a sample, and it intrigued me to revisit it one day.

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GL Pease - Stonehenge Flake
    July 10th, 2017

Kyle Weiss
There’s no reason to be misleading here, I’m a fan of not only GL Pease tobacco, but the man himself. He doesn’t pay me except in knowledge, and I don’t get kickbacks for liking his stuff. When he does something I’m not into, I can only blame myself. Considering both he and I drive 20+ year old (obviously reliable) cars, it’s obvious pipe making and tobacco blending (and writing!), as well as silly notions like “pipe politics” hasn’t and will never make anyone monetarily rich. Nearly the entire pipe industry is based on love: if not for our mutual enjoyment, for those who join us and supply us alike. All those opposed to that ideal or doing something contrary need but wake up and smell the Burley.

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Kyle Weiss
Rules are made to be broken, and for me,
it’s not being able to shake the Latakia from the wintery depths from where it is appreciated. By the time the desert has given us our prerequisite two weeks of proper spring weather, the heat is settling in with a vengeance and the need for warm, smoky goodness dwindles. Apparently this isn’t to be, not by choice, but by chance. So sue me if I manage to take Latakia to the beach as summer approaches.

I was faced with trying another release in the Cornell & Diehl Small Batch line, Father of the Flame. It’s an English. A straight-up English, as it is touted right on the rather attractive label:

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Kyle Weiss
What do you get when you mix a beautiful day with a tin of a nine-years-old pipe aged tobacco? Contemplation. You get contemplation.

Do you remember when Sam Gawith Full Virginia Flake was a thing? Remember when it was
the thing? Hell, for that matter is it still a thing? When I got seriously into pipes and pipe tobacco, roughly seven years ago, there was a gold rush for small square, brass tins with a golden label. Forum acronyms like “FVF” and “TAD” were thrown around in threads where guys were either praised or chastised for divulging when a particular website had hard-to-get tobacco in stock. Everyone, it seemed, was jumping on the hype train of unobtainium, joining the herd of hear-say, and loading up on the current must-have, tobacco darling. Nowadays, though, it seems the supply has met the demand, or quite simply the demand has dwindled. We now have limited releases of small-batch tobacco where even as recently as when I started really getting into the pipe, folks had to deal with a shortage and that was exciting enough for them…

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Murray’s 1A Linfield Review
    April 10th, 2017

Kyle Weiss
Just when I thought my need for Latakia was winding down,
it started to rain. I’m not kidding, either; I’m from the desert, and the weather so far this year has been unreal. Mount Rose, some 40 minutes from Reno, has the distinction from this past winter season of receiving more than 700 inches of snow–which set national records. Ten average-height men sanding on top of each other, and that’s how much snow got dropped. It will be the first year in at least a generation that the snow might not totally melt into the desert valleys during the summer. It’s our water source, and we’re lovin’ it.

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James Fox - Provost Mixture
    March 7th, 2017

Kyle Weiss
As changes start to happen every year about this time,
a reversal of what usually happens around October–I start finding I want a little less Latakia and a little more Virginia. It’s true across much of the pipe world: all roads lead to Virginia…once they are cleared from snow, that is. I’ve spent some considerable time inside as the Wild West has been inundated with rain, and in my case, a lot of snow. I’m ready for some sunshine.

James Fox tobaccos aren’t as big a name in my neck of the woods as far as pipe tobacco, yet I do remember spending some time with the company’s products a while back. My predecessor Mr. E. Roberts tackled another James Fox product, Dorisco, which I also dove into in a more casual manner over on another forum. I remember having a good run-in with Campanile as well. As my tastes have been seasonally migrating, I shrugged and nodded as a random tin chose itself for me and fell out onto the floor as I rummaged through my cellar…

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