A quarter of the way through this bowl of year 2018 Esoterica Dunbar in a smooth straight, dark brown early 1960s Lane era Charatan Selected 43 Dublin with a black vulcanite double comfort saddle stem. This pipe was formerly owned by actor William Conrad.
Days come to an end and the rain and hail has departed but not the cold air, it’s a brisk 2C/35F here now. I’m just wandering over to the workshop to put some tool batteries on the chargers and sort out a few other jobs in there, nothing to serious though as it’s P.O.E.T.S day after all. Smoking my Poul Winslow poker with some DNR in it and it’s superb. Weekend awaits, what mischief can I create
It was beautiful afternoon, and I craved a shmeck tabac.
I had a pinch of 10-year-old Bennington's Raven in a MM Natural Morgan. A tumbler full of bergs, Peach/Mango Green Tea with a splash of Honey Jack, wet my whistle.
This was my first good pipesmoking session in nearly a month, an attempt was made a few weeks ago but sitting down in the barn in July only amounts to practicing warfare with the plague of Mosquitos, not really "Pipesmoking".
Tonight was finally cool enough to put the bugs asleep.
The Lorenzo Titano was smoked in late July out of a jar labelled "Mostly Crooner" (I assume the rest was blending tailings), I would have enjoyed the light marshmallow Deertongue flavor except that my puffs of smoke were acting as artillery in a life and death campaign against the Insect Horde.
Sadly my bowl of Frog Morton Cellar in Blakemar Bulldog (just re-drilled to a 5mm bore before loading) had to sit for over a week before smoking it, so by tonight it definitely was dry, but the base components are still high quality enough to hold a mildly sweet English flavor now that I finally got around to it.
After the bowl of FMC I smoked my two Vauen Chruchwardens (both stems bored out to 1/8" to the button), one with a 66% blend of C&D Byzantium and 33% Sutliff 515 RC-1 Red Virginia, the other with a mix of about 40% GH Kendal Gold (Shag) filled out with various English and Latakia blends to imitate EMP.
Byzantium mixed with Red VA is a nicely sweetened medium english.
It seems my batch of Kendal Gold has finally sat long enough to sweeten up and is losing some of its bite, and again this confirms I still MUCH prefer smoking Shag based blends for their ability to avoid relights.
Morning pipe: HU Director’s Cut in my new cobbit cob. What an interesting and tasty blend. It reminds me a bit of Mac Baren’s Scottish Mixture solely in that I get a different experience every time I smoke it.