the November Meeting
had an unusually small group at CB Perkins (including the cigar
guys) last month which resulted in us having dinner at a small
Mexican place that would never hold our usual crowd. It was Taco
Tuesday and the line was almost out the door. The tacos were delicious
and it was a nice change of pace from our usual eats. Thanks to
Eric for the suggestion.
We were eleven strong at the November meeting with the possibility
of two new members joining us but unfortunately both were no shows.
The main topics of discussion at the general meeting were to clarify
questions regarding our tobacco contract with pipesandcigars.com
and about the 2014 club pipe. Our original choice for next year's
club pipe got a respectable response but not overwhelming so we
decided to go a little more mainstream to hopefully appeal to
a larger group. More on that below.
2014 Club Pipe
As mentioned above, we've revisited our selection for
the 2014 club pipe which will be made by Brebbia. We have selected
one pipe in two finishes and those who plan to purchase one will
be the deciding factor on which finish is selected. I can tell
you so far that the blast is in the lead. If you haven't submitted
your response to the email please do it as soon as possible.
Meeting at the Sportsman's Club
We are carrying on the tradition of last year
by having our December meeting at Sportsman's Club with pizza
and soda supplied by the club. Members may bring a guest but must
let us know by December 1st
how many of you are coming so that we make sure we have enough
food. Alas, I may not make it due to a work obligation but may
get there late. Either way, I will be there in spirit.
Pipe Raffle and Tobacco Give Away
We have 6 raffle prizes this year and 4 of them are pipes. Raffle
tickets are $10 each and you can purchase a maximum of 3.
We also will continue the tobacco give away to members who have
supported the monthly tobacco raffle. Click
here for a list of the blends and descriptions.
by Horace Harker
newest member Rob who although a relatively new pipe smoker, has
become somewhat of a tobacco hoarder. I guess there are a few of
us out there but he's getting a quick jump on it for the new kid
on the block. He works for the government so maybe he knows something
we don't. (Remember what President Kennedy did just hours before
authorizing the US trade embargo with Cuba.) At the last meeting
Rob brought with him some of his newly acquired Jackknife plug by
G.L. Pease. JKP is a brownie like brick with multiple shades of
browns and tans and had an odor akin to that of beef jerky. It sat
in a small white saucer next to a modern utility style jackknife.
Since it smells like jerky and you needed a knife to cut this stuff
I wasn't completely sure if I should smoke it or eat it. I opted
to smoke. I sheared of a thin layer and rubbed it out. It didn't
taste like jerky but it had nice flavor, was easy to smoke and a
had a pretty good nicotine kick, something I have not experienced
in subsequent bowls. I'm known to have a finicky palette so I won't
even begin to describe the details and nuances of my smoking experience
with this blend. I'll just say it's a good smoke with good flavor
and a nice finish. It's a bit of chore to prepare it but is all
part of the experience. I highly recommend giving this blend a try.