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the January Meeting
was brisk evening for our January meeting. The weather just can't
seem to make up it's mind this winter and we've been pretty lucky
with the snow until tonight. Yeah, looks like a real corker is upon
us about about to wreak wintery havoc. Better hunker down with your
Attendance was down again but John made it from New Hampshire so
if he can make it, everyone should have been here. But I guess we
can't really complain because we had a new face at our round table
this month. Catherine connected with us via email looking for a
warm place to smoke in the Boston area. Unfortunately, Boston, being
the way that it is, I could not offer her too much comfort. But
I did encourage her to attend a meeting and by God she did.... rented
a zip car and everything. My second most favorite thing to happen
at our club meetings is to have new people join us. But my favorite
thing is when the keep coming back. Catherine works at the College
of Music and is a new pipe smoker looking for some company and a
few tips. She's not a big fan of the aromatics which is a bit out
of the ordinary for a new smoker. She did not seem intimidated by
being out numbered in gender and blended in easily to the conversation.
We hope to see here at future meetings and if anyone would be willing
to pick her up on their way here let me know and I'll pass the info
along. Welcome Catherine.
The SHPC Club Card
started the SHPC Club Card at the January meeting. All in attendance
got their first punch. Who will be the one to win the $200?? Just
remember, you're not going to win just by coming to the meetings,
you gonna need to put in a little extra effort. If you've already
forgotten the rules click
here for the full details.
The 2015 Club Pipe
- Take 2
looks like we may be able to go ahead with the Luciano smooth billiard
which was our second choice of the pipes we had to choose from.
More to follow.
International Pipe Smoking Day 2015
a reminder that Friday February 20th is International
Pipe Smoking Day. A day when pipe smokers unite around the world
to celebrate this most excellent pastime. What are your plans?
Tobacco Review .................by
Cornell and Diehl's - Pegasus
“Three Burley tobaccos, two Virginias and a touch of unsweetened
Black Cavendish make this a classic American blend.”
It sounds like a good old fashioned Burley based
blend doesn’t it? Well, the elements say it is and I bought
a half pound for, as many of you know, I’m always looking
for a blend reminiscent of the days when I discovered good pipes
and fine tobacco – the late 1960’s.
I anxiously opened the zipped bag and inhaled the
strong Burley fragrance laced with a touch of sweetness from the
black Cavendish. Grabbing a clean, dry pipe from a rack, I filled
it and lit up. At second lighting, much to my surprise, the strong
and somewhat harsh flavor of Burley came through without any of
the nuances of Virginia or black Cavendish. As the bowel burned
down it softened and a bit of sweetness mingled with the nutty Burley.
However, Nicotine almost knocked me over as slight dizziness caused
my head to swim. The sensation was close to the first time I inhaled
a cigarette – not pleasant.
Now, that was a couple of months ago and over that
period experiments took place re-blending Pegasus with various amounts
blending Virginia and Latakia without acceptable results. The final
- not too bad - test mixture and the remaining Pegasus were set
aside in jars with the thought that some Turkish or Oriental tobacco
might be added at some future time.
Until this morning, the two jars were almost forgotten
until I came across them while straightening up the bookcase where
I had placed them. Naturally I had to take a whiff and found the
Pegasus to have a much softer scent, with the Virginia balanced
with the Burly. So, another bowl was filled and lit. Obviously,
about two months on the shelf has done wonders to the Pegasus blend
and I am nearing the end of a delightful smoke as I near the end
of this writing.
If you are a Burly fan I strongly recommend Pegasus.
Just pack it in a jar, leaving some air at the top and be patient
for two or three months – if you can. I’m wondering
what the “not too bad” mix sitting next to the Pegasus
jar will taste like in another month.
Cologne Inspired by Pipe Smokers for Pipe Smokers
think it's pretty safe to say that Sherlock Holmes would NEVER have
worn cologne. But I wouldn't be surprised if Watson did. This cologne
was made with the pipe smoker in mind by club member and Boston
Morris . Made from oils extracted from the leaves of tobacco
plants used in making Latakia and Perique, the aroma from this cologne
will definitely give your favorite English a run for it's money.
Just kidding, I couldn't resist myself. This blend actually contains
a mixture of Woodsmoke, Birch Tar, Cedar wood, Musk, Apple, Blonde
Tobacco and Bergamot and is reminiscent of an evening stroll in
the woods while smoking one of your favorite aromatics. If you are
interested in purchasing a bottle of this cologne email
Neil Morris and receive $10 off when you mention that you saw
it in the SHPC Gazette.
For this month's raffle we have a couple of
McClelland Blakeney's Acadian Ribbon
Ribbon is a singular approach to the Virginia/Perique genre. Using
a guillotine, rich, sweet Virginias and zesty Acadian Perique are
sliced into a fine ribbon, and the blend is made more gentle by
the exclusive Blakeney's method of light toasting.
Fribourg & Treyer Blackjack
is a broken-flake tobacco (ready-rubbed) made of top-quality red
Virginia. This is not a tame blend of flue-cured leaf, however,
as it is rich and robust with more body than most Virginias.
At the Tobacconist with JRR Tolkein
You may have already heard about this early recording of JRR Tolkein
saved by the British Museum from your favorite pipe related tobacco
site but it seems well suited for the Gazette and worth a mention.
Tolkein is the customer in the skit following the intro. Enjoy.
here for more about this recording.
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