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  1. cachimbero

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    I am a 50 years old pipe smoker. I have been smoking pipes since 1996. My life is very hectic, but due to health issues (nothing really serious) I find myself "stranded" at home for a few weeks. I have been lurking through the forum and have decided to introduce myself after finding some old inquiries where I could have been of help. They are old, but I would like not to let the opportunity to help pass again.
    I smoke english style tobaccos and VAs VA/PER. Not very fond of aromatics, I am afraid. I am now in the process of rearranging my top 5 rotation since two of them (965 and NIghtcap) are unavailable. So far I have found Ashton Artisan as a blend which fulfils the cravings for Nightcap. 965 has been replaced in my rotation for Old Dublin (I have always found them very similar).
    Being a pipe smoker in Spain is, I believe, similar to being a cigar smoker in Denmark: this is cigar land. Prices are good (best in the EU, I think) and variety used to be very good until a few months ago when one of the distributors filed for bankruptcy.
    Thank you very much for letting me be part of this.

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    Cachimbero - Welcome to the fold; glad to see you here! - Sherm Natman

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    Welcome aboard.

    Javan
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    Good to see some more international members popping up. Welcome to the forum! Ask any questions you have

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    Welcome

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  6. chasingembers

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    Welcome aboard! Been smoking a pipe since '91 and primarily smoke Virginia/Orientals.

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.
    -Edward Teach
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    Welcome from the great state of Colorado! I am mostly a Virginia/VaPer and Oriental smoker, along with codger style burley.

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    Welcome aboard Sir, Best Greets from Finland,and Hasta la proxima,

    Paul The Scandinavian'
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  9. cachimbero

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    Thank you very much for your warm welcome. I hope I am able to contribute and enrich the forum. Experience and knowledge a´plenty here!
    Paul, hope the weather is warming there, here in southern Spain we are having much colder temperatures than usual in April. Of course, for you they would be very warm

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    Welcome from Canada
    Enjoy the forums. Cheers

    Keep calm...smoke a pipe.
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    Haha! Cachimbero. I thought 'cachimbo' was a Portuguese term.

    A hearty welcome to you!

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    Not the upland clover bloom...
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    Welcome from Arizona.

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  13. cachimbero

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    Haha! Cachimbero. I thought 'cachimbo' was a Portuguese term.

    Cachimbo means pipe in Portuguese. Some old Spanish pipe smokers used to call "pipa" to any straight pipe while "cachimba" was used for bent pipes. I chose the nick to keep it in line with the one I used in tobaccoreviews some years ago. I rarely smoke full bents, though.

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    Interesting. There's this expression 'picando cachimba', but I think it means something not pipe related. I, nevertheless, use it when telling my mother about pipes when my father is within earshot. (Both my parents are antis, but my father is less forgiving, you see.)

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    Welcome aboard! Enjoy the conversation!!

    I love the Nightcap tin !

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    G'Day from Australia

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    Welcome aboard from New Zealand! I feel like you're my soul brother. Love the Nightcap tin as well

    Pierre
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    Thank you all for your welcome.
    Derhammer, why a soul brother? Similar tastes in tobacco or pipes? Age? Happy to meet you

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    Yes, that's right I am a fan of English blends and Virginias too. Very nice to meet you too and happy puffing

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  20. tufftony

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    Welcome from Japan!

    I wonder how pipe tobacco prices in Spain compare with US prices
    and what sort of taxes, duties, etc., you have to pay on imported
    tobacco. Here in Japan on a shipment of just 8oz we have to pay
    in various charges around 100% of what we paid for the tobacco.

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    ¡Bienvenido! Justo en Mayo voy a Madrid para la Feria de San Isidro. ¿Qué estanco recomiendas y qué picadura autóctona?

    (Translation for the curious: asking for recommendations)

    Dunhill will return.
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  22. cachimbero

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    Where are you going to stay?. There is a good tobacconist near Las Ventas (if you come to San Isidro, maybe you are going to go there). Let me know and I will make a list of tobacconists and other places that may be of interest.

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    In Almagro, thanks!

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    Welcome from Texas!

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    Welcome from Colorado

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    Trouttimes, Onestrangeone, thank you very much for your welcome.
    R, tobacconists in Spain are state concessions, they are called "Estancos". Prices for tobacco are established by the state and are the same in every shop. However, some of them have better assortments of pipes and pipe tobacco.
    In Madrid, I can recommend these (I will provide the addresses as all of them are advertised in the shop front as Estanco):
    C/ Miguel Ángel 20, Madrid.
    C/ Murcia 9, Madrid.
    C/ Jose del Hierro 39, Madrid.
    C/ Alcala 256, Madrid
    C/ Clara del Rey 40, Madrid
    Plaza de Peru (I don´t remember the number, but it should be the only "Estanco" in Peru sguare.
    C/ Ayala 102.
    C/ Magallanes 16.
    C/ Felix Boix 4.
    You can look for them through Google Maps and find the one most convenient to you.
    Tobacco is at a very good price for the EU. Available blends are listed in this link. It is from a Barcelona tobacconist, but the tobaccos shown there are those available right now in Spain.

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    Great, thanks!

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  28. jfred

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    Welcome to the forum! And thanks for that nice list.

    I visit Madrid once or twice a year and always bring home some tobacco. I usually go to Cava de Magallanes, but the last time I was there, the pipe tobacco shelves were half empty, and selection only a fraction of what it used to be.
    I hope it was only temporary or else I will try some of the shops in your list.

    On another note, for anyone visiting Madrid I can also highly recommend pipe shop R. Moreu in C/ Tetuan. Good selection of briars and a shop oozing history.

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    I did not include Moreu because it does not sell tobacco. I have bought a few pipes there and have spent many hours chatting. Very recommended
    Regarding tobacco selection, one of the distributors has filed bankrupcy. I am told that it is only a temporary issue and things will go back to normal. I intend to visit my tobacconist this week, he is well informed and receives inventory every thursday. Since he asks for everything available (at least in the non aro category) you always know what is in short supply at the distribution level.

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  30. paulie66scandinavian

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    @Cachimbero,a grateful thanks for taking the time to bring this brand list to our knowledge,(last page 6 'Comisionado para el Mercado de tabacos List as of 2014) it sure is very useful, Muchas Gracias,
    I see there some rarities those that are hardly seen in another continental European market, such as Condor Long & RR ,Clan Raw,G&H Brown flake Unscented and some others

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    Paul, don´t pay too much attention to the comisionado list. They leave products there for five years after production or distribution has ceased.
    In this link you have the full list of tobacco products with their prices in Spain currently. You have to search for "picadura de pipa" for pipe tobacco. There are hundreds of products due to the sisha (narguile) craze.

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    Oh, I’ve been to Moreu! Indeed had a great conversation!

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  33. paulie66scandinavian

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    @Cachimbero, Muchas Grazias, truly very useful list to explore for any 'tobacco' tourist prior visiting Your great country, and more,I'm noticing during the recent few years they did introduce huge amounts of various Roll Your own tobaccies in Spain like anywhere else in EU

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  34. cachimbero

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    You are welcome Paul. RYO and sisha tobacco have taken the tobacconists by storm the last few years. Unfortunately this has brought attention over pipe tobacco, although pipes have been associated always with cigars and, for whatever the reason, I find much less hostility towards them in Spain than in some other countries. Cigars are part of our culture, everyone expects to receive a good one, even if you don´t smoke, when attending a wedding and football stadiums and bullrings smell like cigar smoke during matches and bullfights. Many people buy cigars that last two hours to attend the games without having to worry to take a second cigar. I still remember the face of a former Real Madrid president when he was told he couldn´t smoke his Montecristo A series in Old Trafford during a Champions league game. it seemed that they had told him that someone close to him had died A mixture of deep sadness and stoic anger.

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  35. paulie66scandinavian

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    @Cachimbero,Yes Sir,based on my experience,even many of domestically made Spanish cigars are great value and quality especially those which are from Iles de Canarie(peninsula Canaries)

    Posted 2 months ago #

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