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Capt. Earle’s Honor Blend - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    April 14th, 2011

 

By Bob Tate

Capt. Earle's Honor Blend Pipe Tobacco

The tin aroma is rich, sweet, and slightly earthy with hints of plum to it. There is also a kind of fruitiness to it that reminds me of wine. I cut off some of the tobacco and rubbed it out. After it was rubbed out, the aroma changed a bit. The sweet and plum aromas are more pronounced and now there is quite a bit of tang to it that tickles the nose. This blend smells great! The moisture content is perfect for smoking right away with no drying time needed. I loaded up the pipe and proceeded to the charring light.
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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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Cornell & Diehl Sunday Picnic - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    July 1st, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

 

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The tin aroma of this blend is a nice sweet and tangy smell with a light hint of spice to it. It smells really nice. The moisture content is perfect for smoking right away with no drying time needed. This tobacco is in flake form. I took a couple of flakes, rubbed them out, loaded my pipe, and proceeded to the charring light.
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Interview With Master Blender Russ Ouellette - Part 2

    February 12th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

russ-ouellette-01In part 1 of our interview with Russ Ouellette (Blendtobac), we talked about some of the things he has done before he got heavily involved in the tobacco industry. We also talked about how he got started blending pipe tobacco blends, how he maintains the consistency of his blends, some of the problems that he has acquiring certain tobacco components, and a few other things. Here, we pick up the interview where we left off in Part 1:

PipesMagazine (PM): What are some of the major changes that you have seen in the pipe industry over the years that you have been involved?

Russ: Certainly from the pipe end of things, some of the old brands are not quite what they used to be, but there are still a lot of wonderful pipes out there. I think one of the best things to happen is that we’re seeing more individual carvers around the world. There weren’t that many individual artisans in the US in the 70’s even though the market was pretty strong. It was mostly mass manufactured, even though a lot of those brands produced wonderful quality pipes. But now we’re seeing a lot more one-of-a-kind freehand pipes by very, very talented carvers.

In terms of tobaccos though, it’s radically in the other direction where the European cigarette companies have snapped up a lot of the Oriental tobaccos that used to be available for pipe blends and some of those tobaccos that I mentioned to you before just aren’t available. Mike McNeil [McClelland Tobacco] was able to acquire a number of different Orientals because he has a friend in the cigarette business. Unfortunately, I don’t have a contact like that; that would allow me that kind of access. And a lot of the old blends have disappeared; the current versions aren’t the same as what they used to be. The one thing that I think a lot of people don’t understand is the subtle complexities of the tobacco leaf, and they shouldn’t have to. Unless you’re dealing with it, you won’t recognize it unless you’re doing it all the time. One of the problems that I have seen in recent years is that a blend will become unavailable and I’ll get phone call after phone call, you know “Can you reproduce it?” Some people say that they can and they make an attempt, and sometimes they do a great job of it. Read the rest of this entry »

Samuel Gawith Sam’s Flake - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    August 4th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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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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Mac Baren HH Vintage Syrian - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    July 6th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

Mac Baren HH Vintage Syrian Pipe Tobacco Tin

Editors Note: This tobacco is from an sample pouch that I received from Mac Baren at the time this blend was introduced. It is has about 2 years of age on it. HH Vintage Syrian is not available in this pouch.

The pouch aroma on this blend has a sweet and tangy Virginia smell which was accompanied by the smokiness from the Latakia. The moisture content is perfect for smoking right out of the pouch. It is a coarse cut, which means there are some nice chunky pieces of tobacco. I loaded my pipe and proceeded with the charring light.
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