C&D Serenity Series - KInda Creepy?

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sablebrush52

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There's something about this series that just creeps me out. The tin art for Consolation and Repose looks like an escapee from a Victorian funeral while Reverie and Comfort have the sort of artwork one might see on circa 1970's "feminine health" products. The sales pitch doesn't help. Is this a stealth series aimed at women pipers? Has anyone smoked these?

 

davet

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I tried Bridge Mixture and I'm having a hard time keeping it lit :oops:


 

snowhill

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I did notice the series' artwork. The first thing that jumped out to me was the tin art for Repose. It just might be impossible to read for people with certain types of color blindness (where reds are indistinguishable from darker blues/purples). Consolation might fall into the color blindness problem category, too.

 

swilford

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There's something about this series that just creeps me out. The tin art for Consolation and Repose looks like an escapee from a Victorian funeral while Reverie and Comfort have the sort of artwork one might see on circa 1970's "feminine health" products. The sales pitch doesn't help. Is this a stealth series aimed at women pipers? Has anyone smoked these?
The Serenity Series first came out ages ago (I can't remember; 2004 maybe?) and all are blends created by William Serad, with assistance from Craig Tarler.
The revamped artwork was done by Calvin Miller, head of marketing for Laudisi (parent company to C&D and Smokingpipes.com etc), with a nod to the late 19th century Arts and Crafts Movement (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arts_and_Crafts_movement). Think William Morris.
We definitely weren't shooting for creepy when we updated the tin art for these...perhaps seeing the whole label instead of just a front shot makes this more obvious.

Here's Comfort:

http://assets.smokingpipes.com/images/CD_Tin_Art/RNON-3122.pdf

And Consolation:

http://assets.smokingpipes.com/images/CD_Tin_Art/RNON-3113.pdf
Anyway, not sure if any of that makes it less creepy, but thought it might be of interest.
As a side note, Bridge Mixture isn't part of the Serenity series.
Sykes

 

mso489

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When I saw the serenity series advertised, I was too busy figuring out how I thought the constituent tobaccos would blend to think about the language, but now that sablebrush mentions it, there is something resonant of the funeral chapel in the names of the blends, even Bridge Mixture, and certainly Solace and Comfort. Would you like to view the aged blend? Sign the guest book?

 

chasingembers

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Nov 12, 2014
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Man, thinking about it in funeral terms, even the names of the blends sound like words in a eulogy.

 

woodsroad

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Oct 10, 2013
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I know it's way off topic, but has anyone actually tried what's inside the tins?

 

mso489

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Generally, I enjoy C&D blends. I think they are the master burley blenders right now. I like Billy Budd, Old Joe Krantz, Dark Burley, Big'n'Burley. Riverboat Gambler is not a big seller, but I have a tin I've aged that I'm thinking will be quite good; we shall see. When someone tries one of the Serenity Series blends, I'd like to hear about it. The macabre tone of the names of the blends probably don't matter.

 

lestrout

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I'm particularly fond of an original Serenity, Longevity. It is a huge Lat, using Syrian. Then after the fire, C&D created Longevity II, using Cyprian. I have significant stocks of both, so I'm happy. I have puffed most of the other Serenity series, and find them whimsical. Wm. Serad came to last Thursday's Morley's and we chatted about these reissues. He was bemused by C&D's decision to reintroduce these blends. I'm guessing that since they pre-date the FDA's 2007 Deeming date that they are worth trying to re-establish a market for.
hp

les

 

woodsroad

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Les, I find it interesting that C&D is trading on William's name, but didn't bother to tell him about the reissue.

 

mayfair70

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I've never tried them, but I look forward to it. I love 70's feminine health products.