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post #106 of 146
When it comes to drinking and pipe smoking, by far my favorite alcoholic beverage is hard cider. The acidity of the cider tends to neutralize the alkaloids of the tobacco, and it's a very pleasant combination. Don't like hard liquor with tobacco much. I suspect dark rum would complement the flavors of the tobaccos I like, but of late I tend to shun dark run for the simple reason that when I start drinking it, it's very hard to stop.
post #107 of 146
Enjoy this thread very much, though I don't smoke a pipe. My father did when I was very young (along with the occasional cigar) after quitting cigarettes. I smoke cigars now and then (very casually), but it is clear that those of you who favour pipes are participating in an art/craft that is enjoyable on so many levels. cheers.gif
post #108 of 146
In case you haven't seen it, Nick Miller and Quality Briar, which I have mentioned up-thread, is now an official SF affiliate. Here is their affiliate thread.
post #109 of 146
Bought some new pipe tobacco yesterday since I've been out for a few months. I have to double check the baggie but I think it's called Colonel's Choice. My first impressions wasn't great but I think I smoked it to harshly so it started to burn. Will try again - I'm much more of a cigarette smoker, but I really want to get down the leisurely pace of smoking a pipe. I really hate it when they go out though.
post #110 of 146
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Originally Posted by Joffrey View Post

Bought some new pipe tobacco yesterday since I've been out for a few months. I have to double check the baggie but I think it's called Colonel's Choice. My first impressions wasn't great but I think I smoked it to harshly so it started to burn. Will try again - I'm much more of a cigarette smoker, but I really want to get down the leisurely pace of smoking a pipe. I really hate it when they go out though.
Not caring if the pipe goes out will take you a long way towards more flavorful and less harsh smoking.
post #111 of 146
PIPE GIVEAWAY

I have too many pipes and would like to get rid of two pipes that I don't really use anymore. Both pipes smoke well, but I bought them early in my pipe smoking days and it turns out that my preferences lie in a different direction. First person to claim a pipe gets it. Here are their descriptions:

1. A Stanwell Majestic Bent Billiard Shape No. 246
Here is a picture of the shape, but the Majestic is in a darker finish:

Mine is also from the last few years of Stanwell's Denmark production - they have since moved to Italy, which is a shame. Stanwell is a pretty storied name, which you can read about here. This was my first pipe. I bought it for a Sherlock Holmes costume, but I enjoyed smoking it so much that I took up the habit. Obviously, this pipe is easy to smoke as it got me started.

2. An Ed Burak Connoisseur NYC Bent Volcano. I don't have a picture of my pipe, but here is a similar one:

Note that mine has what is probably a replacement stem, which is more or less the same shape and style as in the picture but is a golden swirled acrylic rather than vulcanite. This pipe has been well-used as the briar, which Burak always left unstained, has darkened with a nice patina. There is also some wear on the inside of the bowl.
Burak ran the Connossier Pipe Shop in New York City until the '90s and was considered one of the pioneers of artisinal carving (though he was a designer, not a carver himself). You can read more about him here.

If you are interested in ONE of these pipes, please send me a PM telling me which ONE and your address. I will send them out sometime next week, assuming I can find some cheap packaging. I will certainly notify the "winners" and, if I don't get too many responses, everyone else who sends me a pm as well, though I will be off-line tonight and tomorrow. NO REFUNDS.
post #112 of 146
Wow, that's nice of you. I don't smoke, so I won't claim any, but that's a nice gesture.
post #113 of 146
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Exceedingly generous of you, dopey.

I can tell you right now I'll be having a bowl or two next weekend as the weather cools.
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post #115 of 146
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Originally Posted by evilWagon View Post

Do you typically have a drink along with your pipe, or not at all and is there specific drinks that pair well with certain tobbaco's?

I have read that this poses more health risks. Sometime's a drink before I smoke. I always read when I smoke and don't like switching out pipe for cup with one hand. They go well with each other. The alcohol relaxes the body and the tobacco the mind.
post #116 of 146
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Originally Posted by evilWagon View Post

Do you typically have a drink along with your pipe, or not at all and is there specific drinks that pair well with certain tobbaco's?


I have read that this poses more health risks. Sometime's a drink before I smoke. I always read when I smoke and don't like switching out pipe for cup with one hand. They go well with each other. The alcohol relaxes the body and the tobacco the mind.

 

 

 

Hello all,

 

...from Australia and have been smoking pipes off and on for decades.

 

A saying: ' walk with a cigarette, stand with a cigar, sit with a pipe' says it all.  Pipe smoke should be 'sipped' meditatively, and exhaled - never inhaled into the lungs.  A pipe becomes a friend - and with todays frantic digital mayhem - slows you down, enables reflection...allows you to become yourself!

 

Its true that alcohol (particularly spirits) with pipe smoking compounds the harmful effect on the membranes of the mouth...so go easy! ....better sip water or coffee or... tea! - Lapsang Souchong is a smoky tea that goes well.

 

A quality pipe with quality tobacco and quality reflection...I'd like to see more of it!

 

Cheers

Davo

post #117 of 146

Some good posts in here. Tea... ideal, another staple when the weather turns cool.

 

So I finally picked up a pipe after reading quite a bit:

 

I picked up a Brigham Mountaneer; acorn style and a sampling of Brigham tobbacco's.

 

Off the top of my head I got a few ounces each of: English Mix, Dark English, Balkan, Old Irish and Mark Twain. I know from trying other tobbaco's that I don't really like them sweet so I was trying to stick to english/natural mixes. Maybe it's just my newbness but they all seem to have some artificial casings and some of them are so humid it's more like fresh forest lychin than aged tobacco. So far I've tried the Mark Twain (aromatic I know), English Mix and Balkan, usual problems of pipe going out, so likely too hot a smoke in order to keep it lit. I tried drying some of it out but it might need more than a few hours. Smell wise (unlit) I'm partial to the Dark English and Balkan, can anyone that has tried these bulk tobacco's compare it to a better quality tinned tobbaco? I think I must be smoking it too hot as they seem to have a general generic flavour and not anywhere near the difference of the their unsmoked scent. Any input/advice is appreciated!

 

Also Dopey; that pipe give away was very generous two gorgous pipes, I'm sure they'll be appreciated by their new owners. The post about Italy, was that your experience, or something you read on another forum?

post #118 of 146
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Originally Posted by evilWagon View Post

Some good posts in here. Tea... ideal, another staple when the weather turns cool.

So I finally picked up a pipe after reading quite a bit:

I picked up a Brigham Mountaneer; acorn style and a sampling of Brigham tobbacco's.

Off the top of my head I got a few ounces each of: English Mix, Dark English, Balkan, Old Irish and Mark Twain. I know from trying other tobbaco's that I don't really like them sweet so I was trying to stick to english/natural mixes. Maybe it's just my newbness but they all seem to have some artificial casings and some of them are so humid it's more like fresh forest lychin than aged tobacco. So far I've tried the Mark Twain (aromatic I know), English Mix and Balkan, usual problems of pipe going out, so likely too hot a smoke in order to keep it lit. I tried drying some of it out but it might need more than a few hours. Smell wise (unlit) I'm partial to the Dark English and Balkan, can anyone that has tried these bulk tobacco's compare it to a better quality tinned tobbaco? I think I must be smoking it too hot as they seem to have a general generic flavour and not anywhere near the difference of the their unsmoked scent. Any input/advice is appreciated!

Also Dopey; that pipe give away was very generous two gorgous pipes, I'm sure they'll be appreciated by their new owners. The post about Italy, was that your experience, or something you read on another forum?
Thanks. That was my write-up, but I originally wrote it for another forum.
I don't know Brigham tobaccos. I would guess they are bulk tobaccos blended by one of the bigger tobacco blenders to Brigham's recipe/specs - they may even match up perfectly with the same blend sold under a different label, but there is no way I would know which. As for quality, in all likelihood, they are a similar "quality" to the tinned tobaccos made by the same house. So much of the difference in tobacco blends is simply a matter of taste, though some ingredients are more expensive than others. Is there a country of origin on the blend? That might give you a hint as to who made them.
post #119 of 146

Hello again from downunder - where spring has sprung.

Tobaccos are very expensive here in Oz (high taxes) and the dangers of smoking much publicised etc ....the thing is PIPE smoking in moderation - is relatively benign...as long as ambient smoke is not inhaled etc  The expense doesn't worry me unduly since one tin goes a long way.

 

 Quality Tobaccos? Unfortunately not a lot of variety is available here - staples for me include the Peterson range...and Dan - both of which are blended in Germany. GREAT blenders those Germans (partic aromatics)

 

Currently my gentle occasional smoke is 'The Mellow Mallard'.. a wonderful mellow quality tobbaccoie tobacco...very forgiving...I recommend it to beginners developing the art!

 

My pipes  - Canadians - mainly by the italian masters paoli becker, radice, ser jacopo, and also a few good ol (ebay) straight stem/small chamber danish pieces!

 

Happy Puffing

cheers

Davo

post #120 of 146
I picked up a corn cob pipe a few weeks ago because I needed a pipe to smoke weed out of but I figured since I already had a pipe, I might as well buy some pipe Tobacco. I've just been smoking some cheapass Captain Black... Is there something better I should try for someone new to pipe tobacco smoking?
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