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Super Value Black & Gold - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    March 31st, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

black-gold-003The pouch aroma of this blend is of a nice, sweet, old fashioned drug store type of pipe tobacco. The closest that I can come to describing it in terms of actual aromas would be Vanilla, Chocolate, and sweet Coffee all mixed together. The aroma does remind me and my wife of the old drugstore blends that our grandfathers used to smoke and it smells quite good. The moisture content is very moist and it is obviously cased with PG (Propylene Glycol) to keep it moist on the shelf.
[Editors Note: Propylene Glycol (PG) is an additive that is added to some tobaccos to keep them from drying out on the shelf.]

It is quite moist and sticky and experience has taught me that no amount of drying time will really help to dry it out. So I loaded up my pipe with it directly from the pouch and proceeded to the charring light. I was greeted by a nice, sweet, smelling aroma that I can only describe as an old time classic pipe tobacco smell. My wife said that it really reminds her of her grandfather and smells good and comforting. As far as the taste goes, I am picking up on a generic sweet taste. There are no distinguishing flavors in it. I finished lighting the pipe and sat back to see how this blend would perform.
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CAO Moontrance - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    March 27th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

moontrance

The tin aroma of this blend smells great. I am picking up on the vanilla and bourbon. There is also a very intriguing lightly fruity aroma accompanied by a coconut essence. I really like the complexity of the tin aroma. There is a lot there. The moisture content of this blend is perfect for smoking right out of the tin. I loaded up my pipe and proceeded to the charring light.

On the charring light I was greeted by the aroma of vanilla and it also smelled like some kind of pastry. The flavors that I detect are predominately vanilla and there is also a light fruity flavor to it as well. I finished lighting the pipe and sat back seeing where this blend would go. Read the rest of this entry »

Routine Tobacco Pipe Cleaning (With Videos)

    March 25th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

pipe-clean-001*Editors Note: These cleaning instructions are for use on wood pipes such as Brair, Olive, Cherry, etc. It is not recommended to clean Meerschaum pipes using these instructions. The actual procedure will be in a video which is included in this article.

As all pipers know, you should always keep your pipes clean. By keeping them clean, they will reward you with a nice, sweet smoke and will help to offer up the true taste of the blend that you are smoking. It will also keep your pipes looking attractive as well. Although it is called routine cleaning, how often you will have to clean your pipe depends on a variety of factors. Things such as the pipe itself, how often you smoke it, how long you let it rest, what type of tobacco blend you smoke in it, etc. are all things that will affect how often you will have to do a routine cleaning on a pipe. On average, you will probably have to do a routine cleaning somewhere around every 10-20 bowls.
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Archeologists in New York Uncover Tobacco Pipes Dating Back to the 17th Century

    March 18th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

Fluted pipe with vertical milling around the rim and wheat sheaf between floral decorations on the side of the bowl Made in Chester, England c. 1810-1840 (Photo Courtesy of New York Transit Museum)

Fluted pipe with vertical milling around the rim and wheat sheaf between floral decorations on the side of the bowl Made in Chester, England c. 1810-1840 (Photo Courtesy of New York Transit Museum)

 

The New York Transit Museum’s Annex in Grand Central Terminal (mid-town Manhattan) is opening an exhibit featuring artifacts dating back to the 1600s. Included in the exhibit will be a collection of nineteen vintage pipes, many dating back to the 1600s.  The exhibit opens today (March 18, 2010) and will be presented along with other artifacts uncovered from the site where the South Street Ferry Terminal now stands.

English and Dutch manufactured smoking pipes dating back to the 1600s were among the artifacts uncovered during the archeological dig before the construction of the South Ferry Terminal began. Nineteen of these pipes will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the New York Transit Museum’s Gallery Annex in Grand Central Terminal in mid-town Manhattan. The new exhibition entitled, “Where New York Began: Archeology at the South Ferry Terminal” runs March 18, 2010 – July 5, 2010.

The “New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store” in Grand Central Terminal (mid-town Manhattan) is open 8 AM to 8 PM Monday through Friday and 10AM to 6PM on Saturday & Sunday.  Admission is free. The New York Transit Museum’s flagship is located in a decommissioned subway station at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn Heights. The Museum has two locations, the flagship in Brooklyn which is 60,000 square feet and the Annex which is 2,000 square feet.
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G.L. Pease Cumberland - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    March 10th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

cumberland-tin

The tin aroma of this blend is a nice sweet and tangy straight forward tobacco smell. It smells pretty good. The moisture content is perfect for smoking right away. I loaded up my pipe and proceeded to the charring light. Upon the charring light, I am greeted by a straight forward tobacco taste and aroma accompanied by a slight sweetness. There is also a sort of a sharpness to it has well. I detect the sharpness on my palate, but it is not a bite. That may be the Kentucky tobacco. I finished lighting the pipe to see where this blend would go.

At the start, I taste a nice naturally sweet tobacco taste. There is a bit of fullness to the smoke that I would attribute to the Kentucky. The sharpness is still there, but it moved more to the background. There is some smokiness to it as well, but not a Latakia smokiness. It’s more of a natural straight type of smokiness. The sweetness is very light and subtle and seems to be detected more on the finish than the actual smoke. Read the rest of this entry »

Hearth & Home Louisiana Red - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    March 3rd, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

hh-tin

The pouch aroma of this blend is a nice tobacco scent with a sweet, tangy, spicy aroma with a hint of plums. The tanginess is a little more predominate than the others and causes my mouth to water. I love it! The moisture content is perfect for smoking right away. I loaded up my pipe and proceeded to the charring light.

On the charring light, I was greeted by a nice tobacco aroma and taste. There was a nice amount of natural sweetness with a slight tang to it from the Virginias. It tasted very nice. I finished lighting the pipe and settled in for a nice relaxing smoke. Read the rest of this entry »

A Few Pipe Lighter Reviews

    March 2nd, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

pipe-lighters

When it comes to lighting your pipe, there are always discussions about what is the best thing to use. There is the famous debate about lighters VS matches. Because whether to use lighter or matches is mostly a personal preference, I am not going to talk about that here. In this article I am going to talk only about lighters. Hopefully it gives those who are looking for a lighter a little more insight on which lighter to choose.

There is always a lot of talk about pipe lighters in pipe smoking. Which lighters are the best, which ones are the worst, which ones are inexpensive, etc. I am going to give a short review on my experiences with the lighters that I own. I will not talk about or review any lighters that I do not nor have not owned before. The reviews will mainly consist of Pros and Cons to each lighter that I have had experience with. I will be listing the lighters in order from least expensive to most expensive. On to the reviews!
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