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    Dilemma

    What are relights?
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    GLP Triple Play vs Savinelli Doblone d’Oro

    The “coins” significantly disintegrate over time. I have always rubbed out MacBarens spun cut blends anyway and mix them up. Never had an inconsistency issue, which @jiminks noted in his review of their Latakia Rolls. I’m not wild about that blend, but not for that reason. I try to smoke the...
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    New Zealand Proposed Ban On Purchase By Future Generations

    Read all about it
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    GLP Triple Play vs Savinelli Doblone d’Oro

    The label on my tin of D’oblone says Kenyan.
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    GLP Triple Play vs Savinelli Doblone d’Oro

    I just this last week opened a tin of D’oblone from 2014. 6.5 years is awesome.
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    How to Taste Your Bacy

    If you smoke any cigarettes at all, quit totally for about a week.
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    Alcohol Treatment

    This. The salt alcohol treatment is very benign. On rare occasions I have had to do it as many as three times. I don’t advise the alcohol retort treatment unless you are very sure you can do It safely. I have done it with no issues, but always with some trepidation, since I am a klutz.
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    Best Line in a Song

    “A friend of mine, Steve Goodman, wrote this song and sent it to me. ... “ DAC
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    Swan Vestas.

    Not Vesta related, but a good summary of the state of play re:strike anywhere matches https://www.99boulders.com/why-have-so-many-strike-anywhere-matches-been-discontinued
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    ***What Are You Smoking, April 2021?***

    Just finished this bowl in a Radice Rind G Liverpoo
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    Swan Vestas.

    He has the last ones left. He said the distributor wasn’t going to reorder
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    Swan Vestas.

    No. The Swan Vestas that were last imported by Mitchell Thomas(a smaller Memphis based Pipe and accessories distributor) bear the legend “conforms to ENI783:1997”. Apparently they are truly safety matches. I have to work at it to get one to stay lit long enough to get, say, a pot shape, lit, to...
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    Swan Vestas.

    Ace is the place. They won’t ship them.
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    P&C / PayPal

    Yeah, that has been my experience. Nothing ever left my bank account.
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    P&C / PayPal

    Not just them. Happened to me with LL Bean around Christmas, then again with someone else I can’t recall right now. Seems to happen regulars with P&C, but it always disappears. Never been harmed by it.
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    ***What Are You Smoking, April 2021?***

    Pipe is a 2015 Castello kkkk Collection with a Pietra Paesina (ruin marble) stem inlay. Tobacco is 2008 vintage McClelland 2035.
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    My First Castellos

    And how could I forget https://www.nolipipe.it/en/product-category/pipe/castello/
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    My First Castellos

    Well, no two Castellos are alike😀 If you aren’t looking at these sites, perhaps add them to your searches https://floppypipe.it/19_castello https://www.pipeshop-lanzola.it/en/333-castello https://casaropipe.com/pipe/castello/...
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    My First Castellos

    Yes. Site sponsors Corti and Bollito often have them, as does Smoking Pipes. The bent shape 11 is considered a nose warmer. The 55 can be, as can the 33, but most of those I see now are made with longer shanks than they used to be. But you can still find ones short enough to be considered a...