Details of the July Meeting
I'd like to thank Rick, our treasurer for doing a great write
up for last month's meeting. I wish I had as much to write about
for this past meeting but the summer months are precious and there
never seems to be enough time to get in all of our activities
before Spring is upon us again. So sometimes the pipe club needs
to take a back seat. But one thing is true... I've never been
to a meeting where no one showed up and although I can be content
with my pipe and my self, it's always more enjoyable to smoke
with friends. Thanks to all of you who continue to come month
There was a fair amount of tobacco sampling going
on last month. Ernie brough with him some of the "original"
(or as original as we'll probably come across) Ehrlich's DPE which
he let me sample. It was a nice smoke but did not really fit my
current flavor profile. On the other hand, Neil, who got me hooked
on Prince Albert earlier this year (which has become my new pizza),
gave me some Wessex Burley Slice which I found quite enjoyable
with a lot of nice flavor. I only had enough for one bowl but
will be buying more for sure. Neil, if you still have some left,
bring it with you :-) ..
GREAT NEWS!!! THE PIPES ARE HERE!
SHPC's Annual BBQ
came home Wednesday to find a large box on my doorstep and I new
immediately what it was. The 2012 Club Pipes by Mastro
de Paja have arrived at last and will be distributed at the August
meeting. We will distribute them the same way be did
last year using numbers and the pipes will remain boxed to give
everyone an even chance. The six pipes that were ordered with
a stand were packed as a set so those who purchased the set will
pick from that group in the order they are selected. I only looked
at a couple of them but the presentation is very nice. Can't wait
to see them all out in the open..
has become the tradition, our president and good comrade Eric Kahn
has graciously offered to once again host the Annual SHPC BBQ. This
year's barbeque will be held on Sunday, September 9th at 1 PM. Further
details will be sent our via email and will require an rsvp if you
plan to attend. We look forward to a big turnout this year. Hope
to see you there.
Sutliff's Hidden Gems
- by Neil Morris
most of you, I have been picking up the Sutliff sample tins
that are provided to our club each month and for many years
by the Altadis USA corporation. Generally we accept these free
samples with much gratitude but not with much enthusiasm. Many
of them are strong Aromatics with a healthy dose of humectant.
But recently I've discovered that there are few hidden gems
tucked away in these blends that deserve far more attention
than I've been giving them.
The first blend I'd like to bring to your attention is Golden
Age. The information on the label is not very helpful, listing
simply "Darkened Tobaccos With Perique". So I researched
a bit further and found it contains Turkish, Unsweetened Black
Cavendish & Virginia along with the Perique. But my nose
and taste buds also detect Burley.
The tin aroma is slightly musty, as if someone were smoking
a pipe in an old Library. Though not listed as an aromatic and
with no discernable casing, it is a bit moist from the humectant.
I have let this tin dry out a bit and it smokes much better.
With the initial char light I immediately taste the Perique
with a hint of Burley. On true light I get a nice mixture of
flavors, including Turkish and some Virginia sweetness. If you're
a fan of blends that create a lot of smoke then you'll love
Golden Age! Billows of puffy white smoke fill the room.
Around mid-bowl I'm picking up a nice, nutty Burley flavor
with a hint of raisins. The Perique is still there but just
enough to add an interesting spiciness. It does not overwhelm.
To my nose, the Room Note is pleasant and earthy, with the scent
of autumn leaves on damp earth. Slow and easy does it with this
blend or it could burn too hot. No gurgling and the satisfying
finish burns down to a light grey ash with no dottle.
I'm happy to have found this blend and it is now part of my
regular rotation. Give it a try and as our dear friend Ken used
to say: "Pacem en Puffing". - Neil