Category Archives: Pipe Tobacco Reviews

Peterson – Sunset Breeze Review

Peterson Sunset Breeze in the Tin

The holiday season has crept upon us again, and with it the urge, in me at least, to indulge in some unabashed aromatic smoking. In normal times, the holidays are a reason to enjoy feasting and the company of family and friends; aromatics of course make for a pleasant atmosphere for smokers and non-smokers alike, […]

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Cornell & Diehl Sunday Picnic Review

Sunday Picnic & Dunhill Bulldog

It’s been quite some time since I sat down to write one of these reviews, so naturally I turned to a blend that is an old favorite—Cornell & Diehl’s Sunday Picnic. Sunday Picnic, from C&D’s Simply Elegant series, was one of the first labels I really fell in love with when transitioning from whatever was […]

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Vincent Manil Réserve du Patron Tobacco Review

Vincent Manil Réserve du Patron

Goodbye, summer—hello autumn.  An interesting theory is summertime is only wildly and emphatically celebrated for one reason:  for a long time, many schooling and education models were designed to both leave room for learning and then agriculture, so families could rely on help from their children during harvest season.  When agriculture productivity changed, the several […]

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G.L. Pease Samarra Review 2011 Vintage

G.L. Pease Samarra Tobacco

There are few things nicer than experiencing the satisfactory hiss of a tin of pipe tobacco that’s been waiting for you to pop it open for a decade.  The smell that comes off the tobacco the second normal atmosphere hits it is as good as opening an oven door to a loaf of freshly baked […]

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Cornell & Diehl Americana Tobacco Review

Hot, hot, hot.  The American West started summer with a hellish vengeance before summer even officially began. It’s made doing everything difficult.  Places like the Northwestern states were seeing temperatures in some places that rivaled that of Phoenix, AZ—except they actually had humidity.  Sagebrush Country where I call home wasn’t as bad off, we’re used […]

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G.L. Pease Windjammer Tobacco Review

G. L. Pease Windjammer Tobacco

The year is nearly half over, and what a year it’s been so far.  There’s lots of talk of life “getting back to normal,” yet even with the mechanics of things daily happening more regularly and predictably,  “normal” is hardly a word I’d use, personally.  What most people were hoping for over the last year […]

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Plum Pudding Special Reserve Flake Review

Plum Pudding Special Reserve Flake

There’s a strange phenomenon happening around the world:  people are starting to come out of their post-pandemic stupors and panics and…gathering again.  This might serve as a cause for celebrations, but for those of us slightly less inclined to be social, the palpable excitement can be a little overwhelming.  What is rather nice to see […]

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C&D Oak Alley Tobacco Review

One quarter of the year 2021 is gone already.  It’s as if each upcoming moment turns to the one before it and says, “Hey dude, hold my beer.”  For example, this review nearly didn’t make it—I had a catastrophic hard drive failure.  Of course I didn’t back up, apparently I’m an idiot who likes living […]

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C&D Yale Mixture 2010 Tobacco Review

Yale Mixture Tobacco 2010

It surprises a few people when they learn I write my reviews in a small, outdoor space barely big enough to fit two folding chairs, attached to an expensive apartment not much bigger.  My pipe tobacco “cellar” is a well-protected, medium-sized chicken yakitori box from my sous days.  Maybe some believe a “pipe guy” is […]

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Hearth and Home “Bright Night” Tobacco Review

Bright-Night-Tobacco

Not too long ago, Brian Levine and I chatted on his radio show about brick-and-mortar tobacco stores, tobacconists and how special (and arguably essential) they are. As is known, I worked for a few years behind the counter of a local Tinder Box, which is now closed. There is a silver lining, and that is […]

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