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Dunhill My Mixture 965 - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    December 13th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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The tin aroma of this blend is a strong, sweet and smoky tobacco smell with a light hint of spice to it. It smells very good. The moisture content is good for smoking right out of the tin, but some drying time would not hurt. I loaded up the pipe and proceeded to the charring light.
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Hearth & Home Namaste’ - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    August 30th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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The tin aroma of this blend is a nice sweet and smoky smell. You can tell that there is Latakia in the blend from the smoky aroma, but it is not an overpowering aroma of Latakia. The moisture content is perfect for smoking right away with no drying time needed. I loaded up my pipe and proceeded to the charring light.
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Dedicating Tobacco Pipes to Pipe Tobacco Blends

    July 22nd, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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To dedicate or not to dedicate? That is a question that is asked frequently by pipe smokers. Before I give my answer to this question, I would like to explain a few things. There are some advantages to dedicating pipes to certain tobaccos and there can be some disadvantages as well. The reason why piper smokers wonder about this is; ghosting can and does occur while smoking pipes. A lot of pipe smokers wonder if the ghosting will affect the next blend that they smoke in the same pipe. Dedicating pipes to specific tobaccos mainly apply to briar pipes. Briar pipes have the most tendencies to ghost than other types of pipes. Ghosting is pretty easy to define and understand. It is when the flavor of a blend stays with the pipe after you have smoked it. It can and will affect the flavor and aroma of the next blend that is smoked in that same pipe.

Now a lot of you are going to say, “I must dedicate my pipes because I don’t want any ghosting to happen!”. Ghosting is going to happen to some degree or the other with every blend that you smoke. Since every blend tastes different, no matter how small the difference is, it is going to have some type of an effect on the next blend. Sometimes ghosting can be a good thing, so don’t get carried away just yet. When it comes to pipe smokers and pipe dedication, there are basically three groups; Read the rest of this entry »

Cornell & Diehl #066 Star of the East - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    July 18th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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The pouch aroma of this blend is a nice sweet and smoky aroma with a very light tang. The moisture content is on the dry side, but I prefer my tobacco that way and consider it perfect for smoking right away. The cut of this blend is large and chunky. Because the blend is so large and chunky, and it is on the dry side, I suggest some extra care and time when loading the bowl. This blend doesn’t pack as easily as a lot of other blends. I loaded my pipe and proceeded to the charring light.
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Hearth & Home Ten to Midnight - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    July 9th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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The pouch aroma of this blend is a smoky and semi-sweet smell with a hint of a tang to it. It smells quite nice. The moisture content is perfect for smoking right away without any drying time needed. This tobacco comes in a crumble cake form and you can break off pieces and rub them out fairly easily with your hands. I broke off a chunk and rubbed it out. This tobacco, when rubbed out, stays kind of chunky. It is almost like a cubed cut form. I loaded up my pipe and proceeded to the charring light.
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Just for Him Shortcut to Mushrooms - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    June 16th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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[*Editors Note: I do not know for certain what tobaccos are in this blend and am making a guess based on what I see and taste in the blend.]

The tin aroma of this blend is very nice, but it is a little hard to describe. I am picking up light hints of the Latakia and also some vanilla. It smells sweet and there is a lot going on. The moisture content is a tad on the moist side, but it smokes fine as is. Drying time is not needed, but it wouldn’t hurt either. I loaded up my pipe and proceeded to the charring light. On the charring light, the aroma was a nice vanilla smell accompanied by something else that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I also picked up the vanilla in the flavor. Along with the vanilla, there was a light smokiness and some earthiness. I finished lighting the pipe and settled in for an interesting smoke.
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Hearth & Home Sunjammer - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    April 21st, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

 

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The pouch aroma of this blend is very nice. In the aroma, I am picking up on the smoky Latakia along with some sweet and spice from the Virginias and the Orientals. The moisture content was perfect for smoking right away. I loaded up my pipe and proceeded to the charring light.

On the charring light, I am picking up on some light smokiness and a little sweetness on the base of a nice tobacco taste. There are some nice, thick billows of smoke coming from this blend. I finished lighting the pipe and settled in for the smoke.
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Interview with Greg Pease of G.L. Pease Tobacco - Part 1

    April 15th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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Greg Pease is the owner of G.L. Pease, Intl. Greg began blending pipe tobacco over 30 years ago and in 1998 left his regular job of 18 years to pursue tobacco blending full time. In early 2000, G.L. Pease Tobacco was born. G.L. Pease tobaccos have become one of the better known premier pipe tobacco blends today. Greg makes it a habit of using only the best quality tobaccos that are available at any given time in his blends. G.L. Pease tobacco blends are made by hand and in small batches to maintain the integrity of his blends.

He also runs his own website [glpease.com] which is loaded with useful information about pipe tobacco and the G.L. Pease tobacco blends, all of which is written by Greg himself. You can see all of the G.L. Pease tobacco blends with their descriptions at glpease.com and cornellanddiehl.com.

I recently had the opportunity to ask Greg some questions. Here is our interview with Greg Pease of G.L. Pease Tobacco:

 

PM: When you first started blending pipe tobacco blends, was it more of a hobby or did you have plans to make it into a business?
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Interview with Tim Ozgener, President of CAO International

    February 18th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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We’ve been intrigued with rumors circulating around the pipe community that CAO might become the new distributor of Dunhill pipe tobaccos in the USA. There have been comments that CAO would increase its presence in the pipe tobacco business in 2010, rumors of new tobaccos, possibly bringing back the old CAO tobaccos, CAO meerschaum pipes and possible Dunhill distribution.

We had a great conversation with Tim Ozenger, President of CAO International (he’s a very friendly and accommodating chap). We talked about the aforementioned rumors and a few other things. Find out which rumors are true and which are not. So without further ado, here is our conversation with Tim:

PipesMagazine (PM): Tim, at the beginning of 2009, there were a lot of rumors that CAO was getting out of the tobacco pipe industry. Is it true that CAO made the decision to no longer be involved in the pipe industry or was it more related to Scandinavian Tobacco Group merging with CAO and there being a switch from Dan Tobacco to Scandinavian Tobacco Group?

Tim Ozgener: Well, Scandinavian Tobacco Group acquired CAO and in the acquisition they stated that they were in the cigar business and were not interested in pipes, although they are the largest producer of pipe tobacco in the world. So pipe smoking is still of interest to them, but they wanted us to focus more on cigars and pipe tobacco in the future instead of pipes. My father retired from the business, but still has some pretty tight relationships with some of the more important carvers in Turkey and he continues to purchase pipes from these carvers in Turkey. It was just made clear that that was not a part of CAO and more of, a kind of, personal decision. So my father has continued to receive pipes from these carvers. Read the rest of this entry »

Castro Brothers (Davidus) Portrait - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    February 12th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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Note: Portrait is a house blend that is sold by Davidus. Davidus is a tobacconist chain that is located in Maryland. I try not to do reviews of tobacco blends that are not available to everyone, but Davidus.com does have an online store where you can purchase Portrait. There is not much information on this blend, so I am somewhat taking an educated guess on the tobacco contents and I am listing what it looks and tastes like to me*. This blend is only available in tins. From the look of the tin and the tobacco, I am guessing that this blend is made by McClelland Tobacco exclusively for Castro Brothers (Davidus). - Bob

The tin aroma of this blend is of a heavy, smoky Latakia with a hint of sweetness and spice. I also am picking up on a very slight hint of plums far in the background. The moisture content upon opening is a little on the moist side and some drying time would not hurt. I let this blend dry out for a bit before smoking it. I loaded my pipe using the two step method and proceeded to the charring light. Read the rest of this entry »