- Dec 20, 2014
What's the deal with that?
What followed included some ambivalence:Have any of the Penzance lovers in this newsgroup had difficulty
obtaining Penzance? I ordered a pound of bulk Penzance a week ago and
learned after calling the supplier that it is back ordered
Greg Pease raving about it:If I were you I would continue to be a happy smoker. I bought a tin
last week and after having tried it on four different occasions, have
yet to be impressed. It's nice, but not worth a rave, IMHO
Here's what someone who would know had to say regarding the shortage. And remember, this is 17 years ago:Nothing is like Penzance.
I just shake my head at most of the talk here about Esoterica, because almost all of it lacks any historical perspective.The demand for Esoterica Tobaccos (especially Penzance) has overwelmed
both Robert Germain (The Manufacturer) and myself. For this we both
Thank all who love these pipe tobaccos. I am assured a delivery soon
which will include a good quantity of Penzance. Your Tobacconists will
receive their orders shortly...Thanks for your patience...
Michael A. Butera
The "factory" is a tiny affair on Jersey (the Channel Island, not one of the
seven gateways to hell...). The blends are all batched by hand, and
processed in small drums. They simply can not up production if demand
increases too much. Nor will they, as quality is the most important thing
to these folks. They will sell all they can produce, and if demand
increases, that's just too bad. They are truly an old-world sort of
As aging is an important part of the process, I sincerely doubt that this
would be neglected. Further, Mike Butera is a real fanatic about things
like proper methods and proper aging, so I'm quite sure *he* wouldn't allow
it. I'm sure we don't have to worry about Penzance quality. This has
happened before, and as soon as the tobacco was ready, the stuff arrived
safely and was as delicious as ever.