Originally Posted by JLibourel
Just bought a new Ascorti from the SCP Tinder Box yesterday. This brings my total number of briar pipes up to 27, plus one olive wood pipe (a nice smoker). I also have six meerschaums, which I only smoke infrequently. Pipe smoking is one of life's great pleasures. And if it has any averse health effects--if done in moderation--I've sure never noticed.
So which are your favorite pipes and tobaccos? I think I remember your saying something about cherry aromatics, but I don't recall if you liked or disliked them.
I lean heavily towards the classic English shapes and, more particularly, the straight or barely bent stems. I have a few bent pipes, but the only ones that I smoke regularly are two bent bulldogs - a small Cumberland shell Dunhill and a larger but smaller chambered smooth Burak (and I also have a volcano that I smoke occasionally). My most frequent smokes are Princes and a new Zulu. My tobacco favorites are currently (as noted above) Esoterica Stonehaven, Pease Fillmore and Escudo. I have just about run through my open stock of Stonehaven and Fillmore and rather than crack open another, I bought a tin of Maclelland Blue Mountain (their entry in the Balkan Sobranie 759 contest) to try.