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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 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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G.L. Pease Fillmore - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    June 8th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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The tin aroma of this blend is slightly sweet and very tangy with a hint of plums. There is also a note of, what I can only describe as, darkness to the blend. There is a very small amount of Latakia in it (I think that it is 2%) and you really have to search for the aroma of it. At first I didn’t pick it up, I had to keep smelling it and I finally picked up on a very, very faint hint of it. The tanginess of the aroma starts my mouth to watering and I love when a VA/Per blend does that.
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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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Hearth & Home Louisiana Red - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    March 3rd, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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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 »

Hearth & Home Virginia Spice - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    January 27th, 2010

 

By Bob Tate

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Note: I would like to say that I have seen two descriptions on this blend. I have a copy of the old description from 2005 that says that this blend contains cigar leaf. The current description does not say this. I do see pieces of tobacco in this blend that look like cigar leaf, so I assume that it is still used in this blend and have included it in the ‘Tobaccos’ part of the information break down.

The pouch aroma of this blend is sweet, slightly spicy, tangy, and with a hint of, what I would call, plum. I love the way that this blend smells. I love when a Virginia or a Virginia/Perique blend has that tanginess that tingles my nose and makes my mouth water when I smell it. The moisture content of this blend is perfect for smoking immediately with no drying time needed.

I loaded up my pipe using the two step method and proceeded to the charring light. The charring light presented a nice tobacco taste with light hints of sweetness and spice. I also picked up on a little pepper in my nose. I can already tell that this is a very good blend and I settled in for a nice relaxing smoke. Read the rest of this entry »

G.L. Pease Barbary Coast - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    November 5th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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The tin aroma of this blend is nutty, sweet, and slightly fruity. It is a very pleasant aroma. The moisture content is a little on the wet side and some drying time would not hurt. The blend is a chunky cube cut. I gravity filled the bowl and proceeded to the charring light. Upon the charring light, I am greeted by a slightly sweet, slightly nutty taste and a pleasant smelling nutty aroma with just a slight hint of coffee to it. I finished lighting my pipe and settled in for the smoke. Read the rest of this entry »

Cornell & Diehl Exhausted Rooster - Pipe Tobacco Reviews

    October 17th, 2009

 

By Bob Tate

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The pouch aroma of this blend is that wonderful tanginess that tickles the nose slightly and makes my mouth water. It also has a slight amount of sweetness and just a touch of spiciness to the aroma. The moisture content is perfect for smoking right away.

This blend is a broken flake. For this review, I did not rub the pieces out. I left the pieces as they were, loaded my pipe, and proceeded to the charring light. On the charring light I am greeted with that lovely taste and aroma of the Virginias. The taste is a slightly tangy, slightly sweet, tobacco taste. I settled in for the smoke with expectations of a good, relaxing smoke from this blend. 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 »

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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