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the January Meeting
Despite all the snow and sub zero temps, we had a decent turnout
of our most loyal members. Better yet, for two months in a row now
we've seen new faces at the club. This month's new face is brought
to you by Tom. Tom met Kevin on a Rhode Island pipe smoker's forum
and invited him to a meeting. Kevin says he plans to return and
bring a couple friends with him. We're going to hold you to that
Could this be a sign of things to come. Is it possible someone actually
read the SHPC Club Card rules and is playing the game or is this
just a quirky coincidence? To be honest... as long as we see potential
new members walk through that door, who really cares. Keep 'em coming.
Aside from that it was business as usual. However, Neil was under
the weather this month and because of that the photos suffered as
you can see above. Rick has also been dealing with a health issue
and his absence the past couple of months has been felt by all of
us. We hope you'll be clicking your heals together very soon Rick.
The 2015 Club Pipe
- Take 2.1
been working with SmokingPipes.com on our 2015 Club Pipe and although
we have made some progress, our contact there has changed. Right
now it's looking like a smooth billiard with a burgundy stem but
it's not 100% official as of yet. Stay tuned.....
Reviews .................by Ernie
MATCH Balkan Sobranie
and cigars recently announced two additions to the Alternate Tobacco
line. These are blends developed to “Match” older and
discontinued tobacco blends.
(Perhaps by Sutliff)
The two new blends are Balkan Sobranie Original Mixture and Balkan
Sobranie 795; the latter being the heavier English blend.
Remembering the few times I had purchased the original back in
the 70s, I bought two ounces; even though I had no recollection
of the tobacco flavor other than I liked it.
Upon arrival, the tell-tale crunch as I picked up the bag told
me it was too dry. The scent was that of the old time English blends
with the Orientals coming to the front closely followed by Latakia.
Dry or not, I had to try a bowl. Needless to say it burned fast
and hot in its dry state masking the flavor. I moved it from the
bag to a jar and hydrated it for a couple of days. Three pipes later
I find BSOM to be a soft and smooth smoke in the style of earlier
English blends I remember. None of the elements dominate the flavor
but pop up occasionally during the smoke. The Orientals are especially
flavorful and the Virginia supplies a gentle sweetness.
If you try this blend and, have an accurate memory of the original
Balkan Sobranie, please let
me know how close it is.
Court of St. James by Sutliff
There is no way I can compete with Ernie when it comes to tobacco
reviews, I eigher like 'em, love 'em or hate 'em. But when I find
something I like I want to let people know about it. I hate to admit
it but I don't find a lot of keepers in the Sutliff blends most
likely because many of them are aromatics which I am not particularly
fond of but every so often they come out with a blend that hits
the spot, Court of St. James is one of those blends. A you may have
guessed by the name that this is a Virginia Perique blend of the
broken flake variety. The aroma in the tin is heavenly and it's
got just the right amount of spice. But since my skill at accurately
describing the taste of a blend is severely lacking, let's just
say it's pret-ty darn good. It is not an overly moist tobacco like
some of the Sutliff blends but I still found I enjoyed it more and
more as it dried out.
So if you like VaPers I think you should give this one a try, I
don't think you'll be disappointed. - Horace Harker
Vintage Pipe Sighting
I was surfing through the channels during one of the snow days and
came across The Match Game on the Game Show Channel. I used to watch
this with my parents when I was a kid so I thought I'd check it
out for a bit. Then what to my surprise did I see... Charles Nelson
Reilly pulling out his pipe on national TV and appeared to be smoking
it. Boy do I miss the old days. (Click to enlarge)
This month we have a couple of new blends that
you keep you warm on these cold nights (as long as you're by the
Winter's Embrace from Tsuge
can't think of a more appropriate blend for the winter of 2015 than
this new blend by Tsuge. Except for maybe their Summer Daydream.
Bright flue-cured tobaccos are expertly blended with mellow Burleys
and a soft black Cavendish for a gentle, rewarding experience.
Garnet from Barling
new blend by Barling. Garnet is a medium strength, subtly sweet
and deliciously complex blend of Syrian Latakia, Burley, Perique,
Java, and Virginia tobaccos.