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  1. karam

    Synjeco's Bad Nun 2 - Made by Gawith

    I'll be moving to Switzerland very soon, and of course part of the excitement is the availability of plenty of Gawith tobaccos through Synjeco. During a short visit a month ago I had to get something - from Sven Steinmann's wonderful pipe shop in Basel. This is Bad Nun 2, made by Gawith &...
  2. karam

    Gawith & Hoggarth Dark Flake Scented Review

    Now we're talking. I am an unapologetic Lakeland fan, but edging towards dropping the "Lakeland" label as all "Lakelands" I've smoked are very different from each other so they shouldn't be lumped together in terms of taste, only in terms of origin. This one smells extremely strongly of...
  3. karam

    Greek Fleamarket Finds

    Hello folks, I was perusing the big Athens fleamarket for pipes yesterday. So far I've always been disappointed, crazy asking prices for basically trashed pipes. So I'm looking along in a basket of pipes, the seller told me they call came from the same house after their owner passed away and...
  4. karam

    The "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" List

    This is not a review per se as I am not going to talk about the 70 tobaccos I got either in my drawers or well gone up in smoke the last 3-4 years. There are many lists like it but this one is mine (forgive me, I had to!). I decided to tidy up my tobacco list and add a column asking the...
  5. karam

    Prepping for Greek Easter

    It is Greek Easter tomorrow, this is what's for lunch. A leg of mutton, or basically 2+year old female sheep that has given birth. I ordered it 10 days ago and told the butcher to weigh and tag it and I will pick up today. It was 4kg 10 days ago, 3900g today so it's got some ageing going on...
  6. karam

    A Misunderstood (by me) Flake - HU Janneman Flake

    Those who know me know that I'm a big VaPer fan even since my first coin of Dunhill DeLuxe Navy Rolls, they really opened up a new world for me after smoking tens of tins of Dunhill Nightcap. I've been on a quest ever since to find that golden mean VaPer combining natural sweetness, some...
  7. karam

    Antique French Pipe Off Ebay

    Dear all, I just received this marvelous, chunky pipe, bought off Ebay. I know nothing about it other than that it has a wind cap (something I always wanted), and that it is CHUNKY! There are two markings on it, one saying "Made in France", and another saying "EP". It was advertised as a 19th...
  8. karam

    A Tale of Four German Latakias

    Good morning, thought to write about these four tobaccos from HU I've been smoking. I've finished Zulu, Fayyum, and now smoking Khoisaan and Port Latakia (used to be called Sweet Latakia). Rauchen ist tödlich... We know, Leben ist auch tödlich, it's how you live it, so let's go! Zulu This is...
  9. karam

    Tobaccoonline.co.uk and cgarsltd.co.uk Anyone Use Them?

    Hello, with covid and general lack of travel I'm seriously lacking in G&H tobaccos I love, so always searching for an avenue to get them and these two sites keep popping up. I've contacted both, and both say they'd ship to anywhere in the world. cgarsltd looks like a more polished site, but...
  10. karam

    Cigarettes Bombed My Taste Buds

    Morning, I don't know where this thread should go so I put it in general. I hope it doesn't violate any rules either, if it does I'll modify it. My family has been through a pretty challenging time health wise the last month with a lot of stress, and I resorted to getting cigarettes for the...
  11. karam

    God Bless the US - First Cobs

    These two beauties showed up on my doorstep this fine morning, all the way from Missouri. It took about a month. I am very surprised by how robust and woody this corncob is, and recall @chasingembers saying it is a specific variety of corn, developed for pipe making. The acrylic stems I like...
  12. karam

    Karam's HH Rustica Review

    Here it goes, I'm halfway through a 100g tin so I believe I have a fair idea of what this tobacco is like, given I never had a blend with N. rustica before. First of all, huge kudos to Per Jensen and MacBaren for doing this, along with everyone involved in it's development, I understand it was...
  13. karam

    Lack of Taste from Pipe?

    Good morning, There's something that's been bothering me for a while but now I've done a couple of experiments, but want to ask you more experienced folks about it. I have a Vauen hobby block pipe, my first home-made pipe, it came pre-drilled and with the stem in place, so all I did was to...
  14. karam

    Motzek - Tom's Twists (Sweet Crushed, Hallo, and Dark)

    Hello, these are some blends not often heard or seen here. The reason is clearly because they are handmade in one shop in Kiel, Germany. There are a lot of original blends there, a lot of which sound very alluring, the issue is the only way to make an order is by bank transfer which, although...
  15. karam

    Third Homemade Pipe

    EDIT: Fixed Capitalization in Title (See Rule 9) This one has a nice grain, obscured by my phone's crap camera. Again done with an angle grinder for rough shaping, then rasps, files and sandpaper, polishing with a bit of olive oil. I enlarged the already very deep bowl of the pre-drilled block...
  16. karam

    Samuel Gawith St James Flake - An Exercise in Frustration

    I love VaPers and have loved everything I've had from the Gawith houses, so I've had a couple of tins of StJF in my drawer for about a year, doing the silly "saving for a special moment" thing. Oh well, this weekend I thought I'd open one to see what it's going to be like. I worked myself up...
  17. karam

    Dan Tobacco Old Ironsides

    It's been a while since I wrote a full review here though I have tried over 15 blends these past 3-4 months. It's also been a while since I last smoked a Lat blends as my two last experienced were unpleasant (Mississippi Mud and GLP Gaslight), with Lat dominating everything, so I gave it a rest...
  18. karam

    Any Toscano Fans?

    Hello, as I'm continuing the pipe journey I found I love Dark Fired Kentucky. After reading some review, I can't remember which though, I came across Toscano cigars, made with 100% Kentucky tobacco (from the USA and Italy). Sounds interesting, is it anything like what I understand as DFK in...
  19. karam

    Looking For Recommendations

    Here I am, not having finished or smoked my first homemade pipe that I am already getting two more. This time from a local pipe maker using Greek briar, so hopefully should be pretty good wood. They are both pre-drilled, and drilled perfectly straight. Both have fairly cavernous cylindrical...
  20. karam

    First Attempt - Vauen Hobby Block - In Progress, Pic Heavy

    I always wanted to make a pipe since starting to smoke, I am reasonably handy with tools, and always look for ways to make stuff rather than buy them, if I can - it's not thriftiness, it's just the joy of making something with your hands that you can use. A colleague who knows I smoke a pipe...