- Feb 21, 2013
I looked at Oom-Paul/Hungarian pipes for years, but never bought one, thinking they were difficult to clean and moisture traps. Finally, my wife who has an uncanny skill in picking out pipes and blends for me, bought me Sav Hercules Hungarian for Christmas. No problem. Smokes dry, no moisture problem, and cleaning is like any other bent pipe. Plus, these oversize Hercules are ideal for burley blends or single leaf (like Tabac-Manil Semois). They're big-bowled but light weight. Perfect. Where have you been all my life? Oom-Paul, the South African Africaner leader, to most people at this point in history, is an unappealing figure, so I like thinking of it as my Hungarian. Any pipe shapes you avoid, or avoided in the past? Happy endings? Still not wanting to take that path? Then my wife got me the Mac B's Latakia Flake -- she's got the touch.