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Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    June 29th, 2009


By Bob Tate

Samuel Gawith Bracken Flake Pipe Tobacco Tin

This is another blend from Samuel Gawith that is offered in both tin and bulk. However, I have not smoked this blend from the tinned version, only the bulk. So I can not comment on the differences in the two. But if it is anything like the other SG offerings, there is probably little or no difference between the two.

The tin aroma is a strong but sweet tobacco smell with a little smokiness mixed in and a tang in the nose. The moisture level is a little on the high side and letting it dry a little wouldn’t hurt. I prepared the flakes (Fig.1) by folding them in half and fully rubbing them out (Fig. 2). I loaded the pipe with a gravity fill and, using very light pressure, pushed the tobacco down in the bowl with my thumb to level it off.
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Hearth & Home LJ Heart Virginia - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    June 22nd, 2009


By Bob Tate

Hearth & Home Pipe Tobacco Tin

The pouch aroma has that lovely sweet and tart smell that accompanies a lot of VA/PER blends. I love this smell. The moisture content is perfect for smoking without any drying time. The tobacco is a little chunky and I rubbed it out a little.

I used a two step packing method to load the bowl and proceeded with the charring light. I was greeted by a very nice sweet tobacco taste. I finished lighting the bowl and settled in for the smoke. There is a pure tobacco taste with a natural sweetness. At the mid-bowl point, this seems more of a VA blend to me than a VA/PER blend.
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Pipe Tobacco Storage

    June 22nd, 2009


By Bob Tate


A lot of pipers wonder if and how they can store their pipe tobacco. There are ways to store your tobacco and it will last for years and if done properly, it will allow the tobacco to age and this is a good thing. Aging a tobacco allows the blend to ‘marry’ together for awhile longer sometimes creating a slightly different taste than what the blend originally started off as. But seeing as this article is not about aging, but storing, let me begin. Read the rest of this entry »

Cornell & Diehl #067 Bayou Morning - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    June 16th, 2009


By Bob Tate

Cornell & Diehl Pipe Tobacco Logo

The pouch aroma was of a straight forward tobacco with that Virginia tang and a little bit of sweetness as well. It has a very nice smell. The moisture level was perfect for smoking right away with no drying time needed.

The cut was a little bit chunky, as you can see in Fig.1, so I broke it up and rubbed it out a bit. I used a 2 step packing method and loaded up the bowl. I performed the charring light and got a very nice sweet Virginia taste and aroma. I settled in for the smoke. Read the rest of this entry »

Is That A Gurgle I Hear?

    June 8th, 2009


By Bob Tate


Most of us pipers have heard it before, gurgling sounds from your pipe while smoking. In my experiences, pipes will gurgle for a few different of reasons.

Some of the reasons are:
•Smoking too fast
•The tobacco is too moist
•The pipe hasn’t been fully broken in
•Condensation has built up when the pipe has gone out and allowed to sit and cool
•Bad pipe construction
•Sometimes a pipe will gurgle for no reason at all

In this article, I will break down some of the reasons and explain each one a little bit. Read the rest of this entry »

Middleton’s Carter Hall - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    June 8th, 2009


By Bob Tate

Carter Hall Pipe Tobacco Pouch 01

Upon opening the pouch, I was quite surprised. I was expecting a straight burley tobacco with no aroma other than a tobacco smell. It had an aroma, which to me, smelled like wine. It was not a bad thing, just unexpected. Actually, it was quite pleasant and I kind of like it. The moisture level was perfect right out of the pouch and required no drying time at all before smoking. Read the rest of this entry »

Peterson Sunset Breeze - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    June 1st, 2009


By Bob Tate

Peterson Sunset Breeze Pipe Tobacco Tin

When I opened this tin I was greeted by a strong yet nice sweet aroma of Amaretto. I also picked up some slight hints of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. The moisture level was a little on the moist side, as it is with most aromatics. And just like with most aromatics, I would suggest some drying time for the tobacco. Read the rest of this entry »