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  1. robwoodall

    Did Savinelli Make a 2015 Saint Nicholas Poker?

    I buy a St. Nicholas poker (311 KS) every year, but I don't have one from 2015. I hadn't really settled in to what I like back then, so I bought a Prince that year. I've since decided that I want a Christmas Poker for every year I've been smoking a pipe, but I can't find a 2015. In fact, I...
  2. robwoodall

    Help Me Name My New Blend

    I've been experimenting with simple blends lately, and I've finally hit on a keeper. 8 ounces C&D Dark Fired Kentucky, 2 Ounces C&D Granulated Perique and 1 Ounce Lane BCA It gives me a rich, smoky, cool-burning, high(ish) nicotine experience. The BCA seems to help accentuate the "stewed fruit"...
  3. robwoodall

    My Sense of Taste is Not What I Thought it Was...

    I'm on a C&D kick, and have four blends currently open. I'm alternating between Haunted Bookshop, Dark Fired Kentucky, Star of the East and Epiphany. Last Friday I got to work and lit up a pipe I had packed that morning and couldn't remember what I'd packed. I smoked and thought and ciphered. I...
  4. robwoodall

    C & D Dark Fired Kentucky vs. HH Old Dark Fired

    HH Old Dark Fired has been one of my two "go to" tobaccos for a while now, but I foolishly let myself run out. When I re-ordered, there was a sale on, so I bought C&D Dark Fired Kentucky instead. I really like it, but I can't do a direct comparison, since I ran out of the other. Not that it...
  5. robwoodall

    Sweet Haunted Bookshop???

    Looking at my records I see that Haunted Bookshop has been my go-to blend since February. I just bought my 5th pound. I haven't smoked 5 pounds since February. I generally put 10-12 ounces in long-term storage and smoke the rest. So... last night I opened my fifth. I jarred up a lot, and packed...
  6. robwoodall

    Favorite Burley/Perique Blends

    Over a year ago I had convinced myself that I was allergic to Perique. Turned out that I love Perique so much that I consistently over-puffed and got lots (and lots) of tongue bite. Ow! Six-seven months ago, having learned (finally!) to slow down, I started smoking it more and more, until, now...
  7. robwoodall

    Savinelli Filter Adapters

    Reading another thread, someone posted something along the line of "If you're smoking a Savinelli without a filter, you really need to use the adapter." Why? I own mostly Savinelli and Rossi pipes, and I used the free adapter once, and found that it made the pipe not want to pass a pipe cleaner...
  8. robwoodall

    Does Anyone Have a Savinelli 622 That Will Pass a Cleaner?

    One write-up described the Savinelli 622 as "A bent pot with the depth of a Billiard." It has a huge tobacco chamber, is relatively lightweight and is rapidly becoming one of my favorite pipes. But... I have two, and neither will pass a pipe cleaner. One occasionally will, with an inordinate...
  9. robwoodall

    Do Mason Jars Need To Be Steralized Before Use?

    I've decided to get serious about cellaring, as opposed to just "keepin' it fresh 'til I smoke it." I bought a 12-pack of quart sized, wide-mouth Mason jars, with the plan of running them through the dishwasher on a hot setting, without any detergent, assuming that the end result would be close...
  10. robwoodall

    Are there Any High-Nicotine Aromatics?

    As a ex-cigarette smoker, I'm pretty thoroughly addicted to nicotine. As such, I smoke mostly burley blends and tobaccos that are specifically described as having a fair amount of nicotine. I occasionally, though, like the sweetness and flavors found in some American style aromatics. They never...
  11. robwoodall

    Does Savinelli Still Make "Standing Pipes?"

    I like pipes that sit up on their own, but I'm not that crazy about the Poker/Cherrywood style. I like a pipe that looks at least fairly traditional but that I can sit on a workbench and walk away from. I've had really good luck with Savinelli pipes, and I occasionally see mention of their...
  12. robwoodall

    Similar To Plum Pudding

    I've avoided anything with Perique in it, as it used to burn my tongue terribly. I recently (accidentally) ordered a tin of Seattle Pipe Club's Plum Pudding, and fell in love. I didn't even realize that it had Perique, until I looked it up on a review site. Hmmm... Maybe I've finally slowed down...
  13. robwoodall

    Which Savinelli Shapes Sit By Themselves?

    I've wasted a stupid amount of money without ever buying an expensive pipe, because I didn't know what I wanted, or didn't know the right questions to ask. I recently bought a Rossi Bent Dublin (#8611) from their "Sitter" line, and absolutely fell in love. Rossi is a less expensive Savinelli...
  14. robwoodall

    Will Dark Fired Kentucky Benefit From Aging?

    I've been thinking of myself as an English fan, but more and more I'm reaching for the Dark Fired Kentucky blends. My favorite, so far is Mac Baren's Old Dark Fired, with their Bold Kentucky as a close, and similar second place. I'm buying more than I'm smoking, so some of it is going to age...
  15. robwoodall

    Smokingpipes.com - How To Win A Customer For Life

    A couple of weeks ago, I bought two Ropp pipes on sale at Smokingpipes.com, a bent-stemmed Bulldog, and a horn-stemmed Rhodesian. I loved the Bulldog, but the Rhodesian had a restriction in the stem, near the button, making the smoke exit sideways and the draw just too tight. I posted about...
  16. robwoodall

    Awesome Care Package From Booker

    Last week I posted a question about Lakeland blends and Booker volunteered to send me a few samples. Well... His idea of "a few" ended up looking like one of my monthly tobacco orders. He even included a couple of corncob pipes, in case I was worried about ghosting my other pipes. I'm not, but...
  17. robwoodall

    "Lakeland" Blends Available in the U.S.

    Months ago, I posted a request for recommendations for "Representative Examples of Classic Styles," and still refer back to that thread when deciding what to try next. I appreciate all your recommendations and advise. Lately, I read a novel partly set in the "Lakeland" area of England. At the...
  18. robwoodall

    My New Ropp Pipes

    My two new Ropps came in yesterday, and I'm a bit disappointed in the horn-stemmed Rhodesian. It's a very pretty pipe, very light, with a good sized bowl. Unfortunately, the stem is drilled to 1/8 inch, which is a bit more restricted than I like. To make matters worse, it doesn't seem to have...
  19. robwoodall

    Does Anything Really Smoke Better Than A Cob?

    I started with cobs. Like many newbies, I burned myself repeatedly, but eventually learned how to smoke without discomfort. Once I knew what I was doing, I decided it was time to buy a "real pipe." I bought a $20 dollar no-name on Amazon, that smoked like crap. I was gifted a $30 dollar Dr...
  20. robwoodall

    Burned The Heck Out Of My Mouth...

    ...because I'm stupid. I had a tin of Hearth and Home BlackHouse from my last order that I'd been itching to try, so I opened it yesterday late morning, after taking my son to spend the night with his grandmother. The tin had lost it's vacuum seal, and the contents were dry enough to crumble as...