Thanks for that excellent and entertaining review. I have a fair stash of Salty Dogs and more than a handful of 55s, but until now, I never paired them. I'm going to remedy that for my next smoke.
For me there is absolutely nothing wrong with the aesthetics of a 55, and they fit so well in the...
Going the other way across the pond, my experience is that 90% of all packages get inspected and taxed. Only the odd package escapes, so I just add a mental 25% to any purchases from US sellers (100% if content is tobacco... sigh).
I had a package going from the US to Copenhagen, Denmark (where I live), after arriving in Denmark it was forwarded to Tokyo (!) where apparantly it was rejected by japanese customs and returned to sender in the US...
Second round went just fine :)
Congratulations with the 55, they are great smokers.
The letter is usually a stamp for the shop from where it was originally sold. There is a good list here (it has the "B" though not the "45"):
Välkommen from neighbouring Denmark.
If you like 'heavier stuff', I would also recommend trying Mac Baren HH Old Dark Fired, which should be easy to find in Sweden. I really enjoyed that (and still do) as one of the first stronger blends I tried.
My goodness, sablebrush, that Occhio di Pernice is out of this world! Does it have a "k" grading? If so I'm guessing it must be 4k.
I own 4 Occhios, 1 "k" and 3 "kk", and they are beautiful, but the birdseye on this one is just on another level.
What got me into Castellos in the first place, was the great reviews they mostly receive and a good availability in my local B&M. I had my first Castello early in my pipe smoking journey, so the open draw feels natural to me.
I also really like most of their shapes and finishes, and I just love...