Pipe Tobacco Reviews

Mac Baren Stockton Spun Cut Tobacco Review

Ramen is a bowl of happiness for me, perhaps just as much as a bowl of tobacco.  This Japanese comfort soup becomes more and more popular in the United States, but it can be hard to find in remote places like my state of Northern Nevada.  We are lucky enough to have one place I enjoy, and it’s the real deal.  Great noodles, delicate dashi, and a host of other great ingredients like pork cashu and soft-centered eggs.  With plenty of sansho for me please: the Japanese peppercorn.

No, you haven’t stumbled across a foodie review in error.  This love for ramen starts to stir about the time the days get shorter and the air much cooler, and this coincides with what I reach for in tobacco.  I’m a seasonal tobacco guy, and richer, spicier flavors are what I tend to grab.  I’m more into October for fire pits, horror movies and skeletons than those pumpkin spice things, anyway.  When I first heard about Mac Baren’s Stockton Spun Cut, I put the idea on the back burner because at the time, I had so many Kentucky dark-fired tobaccos to get to know.  It took a handful of years, but my first dive into Stockton Spun Cut was apparently a matter of timing.  It’s autumn, and it’s my favorite time of year—and the only ghosts I don’t like are in my briars.

Radio Talk Show

Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 422

Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 422! On tonight’s show our featured guest is Jeremy McKenna. Jeremy is the President of Sutliff Tobacco Company in Richmond, Virginia. Sutliff is one of the oldest American pipe tobacco makers, and Jeremy will give us a rundown on their current situation with the FDA. The FDA won a years long battle back in 2009 to take control of regulating tobacco. They are now getting around to our tiny niche market of pipe tobacco, and unfortunately, treating it like the giants of “Big Tobacco”. One of the big issues is that bringing new products to market requires cost-prohibitive tests, paperwork, and approvals, which makes it impossible to do so in a manner where it will actually make a profit for years to come, if at all. You can avoid this, by filing paperwork, (also expensive and time-consuming) stating that a “new” product (pipe tobacco blend) is a “substantial equivalent” of an older grand-fathered one. That would be a product that was on the market prior to 2007. In our opening, “Pipe Parts” segment, Brian will give you a primer on nicotine 101.  Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

The Pipe Pundit

‘Tis the Season

Okay, so the world is coming to an end! Do not panic. Remember, this the “howling month” of Halloween. Do not despair.

The Pundit says “supposed” final endings are passing fads, they come, and they fade away. Nothing to fret over. Just get out your pipe and favorite tobacco, fill up a bowl, light, and puff away, happily ever after.

That’s not a whim. That is what you call a beautiful dream come true in uncertain times.

Besides, have you noticed a little change in the air. Ahhh, yes, I thought so. Yes, call it Pundit optimism.

Can you say it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas?

And, no, it is not too early to be whistling Jingle Bells. See, Christmas is not that far off.

Pipe Collecting

Trevor Barton Collection of Pipes up for Auction Sept. 2020

From the Editor: Trevor Barton was a British pipe collector that favored historical non-briar pipes, such as: native American, tribal, ceremonial, art pieces, porcelain, ivory, and meerschaum. He ammassed a huge collection of pipes, along with smoking ephemera such as tobacco boxes, carved wood pipe cases, books, and large tobacco advertising figures in carved wood.

Via Press Release: Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers are to disperse one of the world’s finest collections of pipes and smoking accoutrements across a number of sales this year. The Trevor Barton (1920-2008) collection represents more than 50 years of acquisition and study, by a Hertfordshire pipe collector known to many in the antiques trade as ‘The Pipe Man’.

Mr. Barton began collecting pipes and other tobacco-related items in 1947, shortly after he was demobbed (British for discharged from the military). His son (also Trevor) recalls life in a small Tudor cottage in Hertfordshire surrounded by hundreds of pipes and regular visits from other enthusiasts, including fellow members of the Academie Internationale de la Pipe (the collecting association formed in 1984). “Dad was a true collector. One day he bought an antique pipe on a London street market. Within a few weeks he had ten, then 20. The collection then just kept growing for the next 50 years.” His father would unfailingly rise before dawn every Friday to attend Bermondsey market and then Portobello on Saturdays – the stallholders all familiar with ‘The Pipe Man.’