Club Info & Events
the March & April Meetings
It's not every meeting that you have 4 new members attend and one
member raised to celebrity status but the April meeting had all
of that. Kevin, who seems to have become our "new member machine"
brought two new members with him to the March meeting Mike and Carl
and now 3 new members in April, Yaakov, Joe & Rick. Who is this
guy anyway and where did he come from. Well he came from Rhode Island
but we won't hold that against him but it's long time member Tom
Nyzio who is responsible for getting this whole membership calvacade
But wait! There's more! We had a forth new member
join us in April who Kevin doesn't even know (if you can believe
that?). Mark comes from Plymouth, MA and works with software security.
He found us through our website even though we did not post a new
newsletter last month, he still took the chance and stopped by CB
Perkins to see if he could connect with us there, Good thing too
because we had a change in meeting location last month that was
not publicly announced (oops, sorry). Well we're glad he madethe
effort and we hope to see him again at future meetings. Welcome
Normally I like to post photos of all of our new members but so
much was going on last month and our club photographer Neil decided
to go to Florida instead of attend the meeting, so unfortunately,
no good photos this month (I'm lost without my Boswell) but we'll
make it up to you all in the next newsletter.
The Evening's Main Event
Main Event of the evening was a visit from Cliff Nelson who was
in the area to interview long time faithful member and resident
SHPC pipemaker Tim Hynick, for an upcoming article
in none other than Pipes & Tobacco Magazine (and the crowd goes
wild). Cliff is a former academic who left his profession to followed
his passions for pipes, tobacco and writing about them and is now
the associate editor for P&T Magazine. Cliff spent the day with
Tim at his home and workshop before attending the April meeting
as our distinguished guest. Cliff is a wealth of knowledge when
it comes to tobacco and he treated us to a short presentation on
tobacco and in particular his favorite, Virginia tobacco.
We are so happy for Tim and look forward to his article in the Summer
edition of P & T (if all goes as planned). Congratulations
Wanted: SHPC Gazette Contributors
Need an extra punch or two on your SHPC Club Card. You're going
to need them to catch up with Ken who is already running away with
this years priz'e. We want to hear about your thoughts and experiences
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about it. Try a new tobacco you loved (or hated)? Let us know what
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Reviews .................by Ernie
Sutliff Balkan I (bulk)
“What makes a Balkan blend special is the influence of
air-cured tobacco from the area around Turkey and Greece, and with
Sutliff's Balkan I, that influence is notable. The naturally aromatic
quality of four grades of choice Turkish leaf works with the Cyprian
Latakia to create a flavorful and fragrant tobacco that is easy
on the tongue,”
ok I know there is no such thing as a Balkan tobacco. However, add
an “s” to tobacco and you have a term referring to tobaccos
grown in some of the countries on the Balkan Peninsula. And there
are blends made up of a variety of these and using one as a base
– and no Latakia, such as the Grand Orientals line from McClelland
For more on this click
So, this particular broad cut Balkan blend is a tasty smoke. I
wish they had described it using varietal names because “Turkish
and Greek” tell me nothing other than Orientals. The Latakia
is certainly present but the other tobaccos soften it somewhat and
often impart a velvety texture to the smoke. There is a subtle sweetness
that comes through occasionally
and the after-taste is definitely on the sweet side with a hint
The larger cut requires a bit of skill and patients to get going
but once lit it holds the fire nicely with a little judicious tamping.
I suggest a large pipe bowl with slow relaxed puffing to completely
enjoy a nice blend. Enjoy.
This month we have a couple of new blends G.L.
Pease and Cornell and Diehl
Sixpence from G.L. Pease q
newest release from Gregory Pease, Sixpence, is the first entry
in the Old World series to feature Virginia and Perique. This broken
flake also contains some dark-fired leaf, and a secret component.
If you're looking for a flavorful, rich blend that doesn't contain
Latakia, you'll love Sixpence.
Tom Eltang Mixture from Cornell
& Diehl's Tom Eltang Mixture is a rich VaPer with a difference.
Beside the sweet and tangy Virginias and the deep fruity and spicy
character of Louisiana Perique, a touch of dark, earthy Burley is
added to increase the body and to add a bit of pepperiness to the