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  1. tobyducote

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    On Friday, October 2nd, Mark Ryan, President and Owner of D&R Tobacco will give a guided tour through his unique Perique Processing Factory located just outside New Orleans in St. James Parish. This is a once in a life time event to see first hand how the leaves are processed, barreled, and aged. You will learn some history about Perique and learn how Perique almost disappeared just a few short years ago. In addition to this great tour and history lesson, Mark has arranged for a tobacco sampling and blending session. He will have Virginia, Burley, Latikia, Cavendish and yes Perique to sample and then we will be guided through blending our own with the available tobacco, and have a few ounces of your very own custom blend to take home. In addition, we will be treated to lunch and beverages before heading back to New Orleans.

    The tour will leave Harrahs Hotel around 9am and return back around 3pm. The cost is $35 per person and you must register at http://www.nolapipeshow.com

    Seats are limited, about 1/3 of the seats have already been reserved, so if your interested in taking the tour sign up soon to guarantee your spot

    We are very excited about this opportunity and look forward to seeing many of our pipe brothers and sisters in New Orleans in October.

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    That's a fantastic opportunity. I look forward to reading a report about this outing. Have fun.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    Just for clarificational purposes only whats the possibility and chances of meeting the Magical Tour at the location instead of riding to the location? Of course along with that clarificational question I am almost positively sure and confident that there would be and what will be the cost cover lunch and the tour.

    Also PLEASE describe the planned lunch food again.

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    I am so excited for this.. Can't wait for October.

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    the lunch is still a work in progress...there are a couple options that I am working on, so more to come later on the lunch. As of right now, we would prefer attendees to ride the bus bc of limited parking available at Mark's facility, and with the bus, that will make it that much more crowded. However, there are always exceptions and I will address each of those on a one on one basis.

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    I was hoping this would be a link to a video tour. A glimpse inside the bastion of Periquedom would be wonderful. I wish I could be there for the actual tour.

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    I personally would like to get some video of this and I will be there, so I'll see what I can do.

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    That sounds like a great idea. I will be back at the factory in Feb. maybe I will take some video and we will post a teaser on the website.

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    NOLA Cajun, I'll catch the teaser and then await pylorns's full-length feature.

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    What a cool opportunity and experience. Please do post a video here for us unfortunate souls who cannot attend!

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    You got it Northern

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    I am so envious of anybody that takes the tour. Hats off to all of you that do.

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    It should be a lot of fun with all the crazy characters that have already registered

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    I can't be there, but let me cheer on others. Imagine pipe tobacco blends without the availability of Perique.
    Most blends don't have it, but consider the importance of those that do, and the variety and emphasis it
    lends to so many. This isn't a tour, it's a pilgrimage.

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    I can't be there, but let me cheer on others. Imagine pipe tobacco blends without the availability of Perique. Most blends don't have it, but consider the importance of those that do, and the variety and emphasis it
    lends to so many. This isn't a tour, it's a pilgrimage.

    You are so right, I'm a huge fan of how things are made or work and to see and be in the only place in the world this product is made. Plus I'm hoping to use this time and show to add a few more artisan pipes from the show..

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    It will be a lot of fun...we should have some great artisan carvers exhibiting also

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    Registered for the tour. Couldn't be more excited. Looking forward to meeting with as many of you as possible.

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    Got your registration this morning. Looking forward to seeing you in October

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    {----- JEALOUS!

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    For those who are going and are inclined to take a note or two, an account of the tour would be
    a wonderful post, with lots of facts and history. 'Doesn't have to be long, just content rich. I don't
    know, but I suspect that tours aren't a regular thing, so this is kind of a unique opportunity.

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    I would be glad to do it. I'm not calling absolute dibs or anything because I am sure they are more talented/qualified people to accomplish mso's suggestion. At the very least I am throwing my name out there and would love to take on the project or at least help. I also have a decent Nikkon SLR. Would be fun to play journalist for a day.

    @NOLA Cajun, how much of the tour do you think we could document without infringing on our host?

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    MSO489 my friends at The country Squire Radio (pipe podcast) are planning to do a live cast and an interview with Twitter and FB questions. Keep an eye out.

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    Reservations are steady coming in for this tour...if you have plans to attend and want to take the Perique Factory Tour, sign up soon before all the seats are gone

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    Very much looking forward to this. Signed up for the tour last week.

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    Great to hear! We've got new sponsors signing up continually, stay tuned for another announcement soon!

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    The blending is that going to be like a each person gets to tinker with their own blend or is it a the whole tour gets to learn about blending and watch it done then get to take home their tobacco?

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    Everyone will get to do their own blending...Mark will have bins of different types of tobacco, so we can try each type "straight"...then he will discuss some blending ideas, and then let the group go crazy!!! It should be a blast!!!!

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    Pipebaum, If you are willing to aks a few questions we should compile a list here for you to take with you. With that in mind, here is my question:

    Are the barrels they use, charred or uncharred? You probably would not be able to tell by looking at them due to years of Perique making.

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    For possible questions, I'm interested in the origins of the leaf and its cultivation. I respect the fact that there
    are probably aspects they'd rather not share, to keep them in business and exclusively producing this leaf.
    But within their comfort zone, it would be interesting to know a little about the crop itself. A little about its
    domestic use and export would be intriguing; are most of the blenders who use Perique domestic or is it
    exported in quantity? What's the acreage committed to growing Perique? Mainly, I have to think there are
    incredible stories surrounding the history and marketing of the leaf, sort of a narrative goldmine.

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    Another question if someone doesn't mind asking: Do they bag their seed heads to maintain purity? If they do not, why?

    Thanks!

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    I've spoken with Mark and he is going to do a sit down interview also, especially if we get a lot of questions...we can video it and publish it in addition to the Tour video

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    Too exciting!!!

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    I'm interested in the tour but I Didnt see where to register. Any spots left?

    I know what I need, smoke, I can't recall the last time I tasted it....Gandalf in the mines of Moria.

    "we shall have to share pipes, as good friends must at a pinch'....'I keep a treasure or two near my skin, as precious as rings to me. Here's one: my old wooden pipe. And here's another an unused one...He held up a small pipe with a wide flattened bowl, and handed it to Gimli. 'Does that settle the score between us', said Merry. 'Most noble hobbit, it leaves me deep in your debt."
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    I'm interested in the tour but I Didnt see where to register. Any spots left?

    Check this out.
    http://www.nolapipeshow.com/shop/

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    Yes we have about 20 seats left...let me know if you have difficulty registering...

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    Thanks Ed for posting the link

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    The Tour Bus is SOLD OUT!!! Thank you to all who signed up for this exciting event.

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