The Official Pipe, Pipe Tobacco, Accessories, and Smoking Thread.

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Piobaire, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. erdawe

    erdawe Senior member

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    Decided this thread needs some real pics.

    At Pio's earlier request, smoking this eve...

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    Oh, & Happy New Years Everyone! May this one be better than the last.
     
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  2. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    Nice. Thanks for sharing.

    I had a few nice smokes this last week.
     


  3. burningbright

    burningbright Senior member

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    Just tried some Bell's Three Nuns tobacco with a C.S. Lewis scholar the other night who said that it was Lewis' preferred tobacco.

    Dreadful stuff. I suspect my friend knew this because he just sat there attempting to watch me with disinterest out of the corner of his eye as I smoked it; the way someone looks at you when they've given you a beverage laced with something like Worcestershire sauce as a prank.

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  4. countdemoney

    countdemoney Senior member

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    Currently liking Dunhill Nightcap and Squadron Leader. Would be remiss if I did not encourage you all to visit here if you ever make Chicago:

    http://www.iwanries.com/home.cfm

    Looking to try a few others yet, but I don't go through tins very fast.
     


  5. erdawe

    erdawe Senior member

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    What's a CS Lewis scholar exactly, someone who studies his works?

    Anyways, new 3 nuns should not be like famed original 3 nuns, perique to kentucky very different.
     


  6. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    So bought a big, free hand Nording. Too heavy to hold in the teeth long but damn, does it smoke cool.
     


  7. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have their latest catalog. It seems like a beautiful shop.

    I have been enjoying Esoterica Stonehaven and GLPease Fillmore lately, with a bowl of Escudo or MacBaren Latakia Blend (also a spun, coin cut) thrown in every so often.

    On my Christmas Week trip, I took two Dunhill pipes, a Prince and a Zulu, but lately I have been most often alternating an Upshall Prince and Cutty but also a Burak Bent Bulldog and a Talbert Ligne Bretagne Paneled Prince.
     
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  8. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    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.
     


  9. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    How often and with what do you clean your pipes? I use high proof rum and run a pipe cleaner through the stem after every use. It still seems my new pipes are getting a bit of a disagreeable odor and a tinge of old tobacco taste. I've smoked my Peterson the most, maybe ten'ish times now, and just used a napkin dipped in rum to swab it out.

    Suggestions?
     


  10. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    Before pipes grow any cake they tend to get wet, and a wet spit/tobacco juice isn't exactly pleasant. It goes away over time. If you need, get a pipe sweetener and run it through, that can help. More importantly, smoke slowly.
     


  11. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    I use a pipe cleaner soaked in a pipe-freshening fluid to clean out the shank after every time i smoked it. While rum may work as well, I have a better place for good rum!
     


  12. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I use a plain pipe cleaner after every use (not soaked in anything). If I can't do that right after smoking, then I will use a cleaner soaked in alcohol later.
     


  13. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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.
     
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    I haven't read the whole thread, but there's a guy from Texas that makes beautiful pipes - do you aficionados know who I'm talking about?
     


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