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My Tobacco Reviews - An Explanation

    August 31st, 2009


By Bob Tate

packingI just thought that I would explain a little bit about how I do my tobacco reviews. Everybody has a different way of doing a review and I wanted to explain my way so everyone understands them a little more. When I do a review, I do them from a flavor perspective. I do not get into the whole break down of the tobaccos in the blend and get into all of the details and science of the tobacco components. I do list the components in the blend as well as other information in the layout at the bottom of my reviews. When I do my reviews, I do them from a smoking perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

Cornell & Diehl #972 Three Friars - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    August 27th, 2009


By Bob Tate

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The pouch aroma of this blend is quite tangy and tickles the nose a little and induces a little mouth watering effect. There is also a very light sweetness to the aroma that sits far in the background. The moisture content of the tobacco is perfect for smoking right away, as most of C&D blend are. The tobacco is what I would call a coarse cut, because it is quite chunky. I left it chunky and did not rub it out at all.

I filled the pipe using a two step packing method. I packed it a little on the loose side and proceeded to the charring light. On the charring light, I picked up a little sweetness in the aroma but none in the taste. The taste was a straight forward tobacco taste. I settled in for the smoke. Read the rest of this entry »

Reading Between The Lines - Pipe Smoking Tips

    August 24th, 2009


By Bob Tate


I would like to talk a little about the information that novice pipers will come across. The reason that I named this article “Reading Between the Lines”, is because I want to impress upon the readers that you should read between the lines and take all information about pipe smoking with a grain of salt. This even includes anything that I have written. Everything that I read or hear, I always take with a grain of salt. This includes the so called ‘Professionals’ that work at B&M’s, but I will talk a little more about that later.

There is very little in pipe smoking that I consider hard set ‘rules’. Yes, there are some ‘rules’ that should be followed very closely. Such as cleaning your pipes after every smoke and having a good rotation, but even that is debatable. Does cleaning your pipes after every smoke and having a good rotation help the enjoyment of pipe smoking? In my opinion, yes it does. But back before pipe smoking became a hobby and there were a lot more people smoking pipes, a lot of them smoked the same pipe every day and did not clean them after every smoke. They certainly seemed like they enjoyed their pipes just as much as I do. Am I right and they were wrong? Or were they right and I am wrong? The answer is neither. Pipe smoking is all about enjoying YOUR pipes, tobacco, and smoking. Read the rest of this entry »

McClelland Frog Morton - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    August 18th, 2009


By Bob Tate


The tin aroma of this blend has that great smoky aroma that Latakia lends to a blend. There is also quite a bit of sweetness mixed in with the aroma. The moisture content is a little on the wet side and some drying time is recommended. I filled the pipe using a two step packing method and proceeded to the charring light. Read the rest of this entry »

Scotty’s Bulk Blends Milk & Honey - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    August 11th, 2009

By Bob Tate


Scotty’s Bulk Blends are another brand of house blends from This blend is called Milk & Honey and is only available in bulk. I am not picking up on any discernable aromas from the pouch. It is just a sweet smelling Cavendish blend. The moisture level is just about perfect for smoking. However, a little drying time wouldn’t hurt. I filled the pipe using my two step packing method and proceeded to the charring light.

On the charring light I picked up on a very light hint of vanilla and then there was nothing else really there. There was no vanilla in the aroma, just a hint in the flavor. I settled in for the smoke hoping that this blend would get better tasting as I smoked. Read the rest of this entry »

Pipe Smoking Tips

    August 4th, 2009


By Bob Tate


When I first started smoking a pipe, I had no mentor to talk to and nobody to show me tips on how to make pipe smoking more enjoyable. I had to learn a lot on my own from reading, online message boards, asking questions at B&Ms, and experimenting. I thought that I would share some of the tips that I have acquired with all of you. Most of these tips are more for the beginners, but maybe a few of them will help out some of the more seasoned pipe smokers as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Samuel Gawith Sam’s Flake - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    August 4th, 2009


By Bob Tate


This tin that I am smoking from is at least three years old. The date that I put on it when it arrived says August of 2006. There is quite a bit of sugar crystallization on the flakes, look at the pictures below and you can see it (Fig. 1 & 2).

The tin aroma is amazing! There is a sweet but strong tobacco smell that I find very pleasing and mouth watering. This tin has been open for quite awhile and the moisture content is pretty dry right now. I do remember how it was when I first opened the tin and the moisture was almost perfect for smoking then. It might have needed a little drying time, but not much.
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