60+ year old tobacco
I found a box of cigars in my deceased grandfather's sock drawer. They were in an original box and came with a card which read "It's a boy!" I can only assume this tobacco is from my uncle's birth. This is 2012 and he is at least 60 years old.
I decided to try one of the cigars this evening. I was wondering if nicotine breaks down and found this website (pipesmagazine.com). I normally smoke the popular chemical filled mainstream cigarettes, but lately I have switched to the purer American Spirits. After reading this forum and then seeing the rest of this website I think that I would like to quit cigarettes all together, cut back, and smoke a pipe a day as opposed to a pack a day.
I am envisioned because of the enthusiasm and technique discussed in this website. You make this truly classy and please stay at it. I hope to see people keeping pipe smoking and tobacco collecting a sophisticated hobby far into the future. This site brings me back to a childhood vacation to a relative family's house in Norfolk, VA where my uncle had just gotten out of the Navy. As I sat on their porch quietly reading a book, my uncle a tall, loud, energetic, jovial, bigger than life man stepped out onto the porch and walked to the edge. He faced away from me as unbeknownst to him I inquisitively watched him lift a pipe to his mouth, his gaze fixed on the sea, to my surprise he released small billows of smoke from his pipe and mouth. I inhaled and took in an amazing breath of good tobacco mixed in with the salty breeze of the bay. I watched this old sailor finish his pipe and tap it out while he simply had a moment to himself. He walked back inside, unaware that I had watched him from the corner, and I knew I wanted to store this memory for the rest of my life. This is what I hope that each and every pipe smoker can have in their own unique way, their own story about their own favorite moment to themselves.
Quite honestly, I am inspired now to use my artistic talents to create one of a kind hand carved pipes for tobacco smoking. I am glad that I found this website. And I hope that pipe tobacco can give me the inspiration I need to trade in smoking packs of nasty cigarettes for a pipe and a moment in time to myself every now and then.
Thank you all for this amazing site.
PS: I am well into this 60+ year old cigar after writing this. I find that the taste of the tobacco is definitely not the same as if I had bought fresh tobacco today. What I have tastes very stale. However it has a quality that I like... Simply knowing that the tobacco in this cigar is from at least 1952 I am able to distinguish the parts in it that make it unlike any tobacco grown today. This is real tobacco.
It was kept inside a normal wooden box which was in a sock drawer on the second floor of a house. There was virtually no moisture I could think of that these cigars were exposed to. They did not have mold and were in perfect condition, just stale. If anyone would like to try one simply let me know. I would be interested in finding out if there are ways to rehumidify them.