Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 538

Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 538

Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 538! Our featured interview tonight is with Rich Esserman. This is our third episode with, “Rich Responds” where we go back to a previous discussion with Fred Hanna, and Rich gives his take. Both Rich and Fred are prominent pipe collectors, researchers and writers on pipes and tobacco for several decades. They are both well-known and well-respected in the pipe enthusiast community. We’ll see where Rich agrees with Fred, and where he has his own take on different aspects of pipes and tobacco.  At the top of the show Brian will talk about how to build up your tobacco cellar and what to do in the meantime. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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Rich Esserman
Rich Esserman

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2 Responses

  • I agree that for new smokers it is very important to try as many tobaccos as you can, but that can be an expensive thing. I think being involved with a local pipe club not only lets one learn from the seasoned smokers, but it also affords a chance to experience a variety of tobacco with them (we are very giving and sharing folk). It is also helpful to find a tobacco shop somewhat near you (there are fewer and fewer of those), as they can be helpful in choosing tobaccos (they sometimes have open tins to sample). And plan to attend one of the regional pipe shows, where tobaccos of every stripe are available and sampleable. Then, Brian’s advice about buying multiple tins, one to smoke and more to cellar, is key.
    Again, Rich Esserman’s insight and advice is golden. Both seasoned and newer smokers can take away great points from his experience.
    And I love that no matter his personal pipe and tobacco preferences, his observations are quite universal and pertinent.
    What a great way to ring in the new year, with Frank and Dean!
    Excellent rant! Go get ‘em Myth Buster!
    Thanks for a fun show to welcome in 2023.

  • Another really good show. Puts episode one of 2023 down as a winner.
    Your idea for cellaring it right on the mark. Buy what you can afford, smoke one and cellar the rest is the way to go. As you do this and run into a change in how you taste things you can your excess off for something you do like. Or you can just send it to Steve Fallon to sell for you.
    Good interview, again, of Rich Esserman. The guy just has real ability to tell you what he likes and dislikes in tobacco and pipes in a way that is not offensive regardless of which way you feel about it. It was funny when you tried to convince him that straight pipes smoke better than bent pipes. You kept trying but he didn’t bite on any of it. I personally think there isn’t much to choose between the two. Of course, I have the taste buds of a Neanderthal.
    Ah, what music Frank and Dino singing “Auld Lang Syne”.