Sherlock Homes Theatre Night at the Sportsman's
far as I am aware the April 2016 meeting will be the very first
Sherlock Homes Theatre Night ever held by our club (which is actually
quite a sup rise).. Although a number of us are Sherlock Holmes
fans, our club seems to be more inclined to celebrate the great
detective's favorite crime solving companion and counselor, his
pipe (sorry Dr. Watson). But on April 5th we will celebrate both
the man and his pipe while enjoying some tasty pizza (which I've
heard was a particular favorite of Mr. Holmes). We'll be meeting
and eating at the Massapaog Sportsman's Club so
you can arrive any time after 6 PM.
Welcome Back Rick!!
The highlight of our March meeting was without a doubt the
return of our good friend and comrade Rick Frederics. Rick has been
away for 15 months while he battled a life threatening illness and
we are happy to say he appears to have come out the victor. Considering
all he's been through, he looks GREAT! It was great to finally get
a chance to catch up in person and to introduce him to our new members.
He also took this time to officially turned over the reins of treasurer
to Derek who now has some pretty big shoes to fill. Rick has opted
to discontinue smoking for the time being on the advice of his doctor
so his attendance will be less frequent. It was great to see you
Rick and we look forward to your next visit.
More New Blood
Well it looks that way anyway. We were happy to see two new faces
at our March Meeting. Harley is a fine commercial artist (primarily
in restaurants, cruise ships and casinos) and Al works for the Merchant
Marines out of NY. We welcome you both and look forward to seeing
more of you.
Invisible Enemy -
A short story by Ernie Whitenack
the Intro.... Hitler’s hidden diamonds and gold were allocated
to fund a secret organization. It was a terrorist group known as
Werwolf (Werewolf) who would disrupt and confuse the Allied occupation,
and planned to overthrow the Allies, and then carry the fight to
the East and Soviet Russia.
Chapter 6 Many of the signs hanging from buildings were similar to
the bakery sign, graphic in nature, and either painted or carved.
Among them, and about a half block ahead, hung a very large depiction
of a peasant pipe suspended from yet another ornate iron bracket.
He stopped at the shop but a notice in the door window indicated
the hours for the Freiburg Tobacconists are Monday through Saturday
from 0900 to 1700. (Chapter 6)
by Kevin Catanzaro
W.O. Larsen - 2016 Limited Edition
Aromatic Cut: Ribbon Leaf: Primarily Golden/Bright in color with
a fair amount of darker leaves and a small amount of what looks
like some sort of broken flake.
Chocolate, Coconut, Butterscotch Room Note: “like Sunday morning breakfast”-
"Spouse approved” Age when smoked:
Let me start off by stating, “I am not
a tobacco snob” Although I primarily prefer a good Virginia
as my go to style of tobacco, I do indulge often into the likes
of Aromatics, English, Lakelands and VaPers. Hell, I even keep pouches
of Captain Black Original on hand for when my mouth feels “smoked
out” and I need to re adjust the palette with something that
is just easy to smoke. That being said, I was excited to try this
blend with great enthusiasm as one of my all-time favorite aromatics
is WO Larsen 2011. (Not available anymore but, I have 2 tins packed
away in the cellar?)
After popping the tin and opening up the neatly rolled cellophane
pouch the tin note hit me hard with a fragrance of coffee. Now,
I don’t mean real coffee aroma that one might experience if
they walked into an espresso bar in Naples but, an aroma more likely
to be detected at a local Dunkin Donuts.
I proceeded to load my pipe and get ready for
my smoke. One thing I learned a long time ago from a veteran pipe
smoker was to smoke the pipe unlit for a minute or two as this helps
distinguish some of the subtleties that may hide in the tobacco.
As I looked for an implement to light my pipe I sipped lightly and
tried to identify what I tasted from my unlit bowl of 2016. It occurred
to me the flavor I was tasting was exactly like a Dunkin Donuts
French Vanilla Coffee with Extra Cream and Extra Sugar. Now, a coffee
snob I am! And, I am neither a huge fan of Dunkin nor any type of
flavored coffee but, that’s a story for another time.
On to the charring light: The 2016 lit easily
and the smoke came through with a creamy taste but lost some of
the coffee flavor. That’s when the chocolate started to come
through as a semi sweet, slightly bitter in the back ground but
in a good way.
It started to mellow to a more sweet chocolaty flavor towards the
middle of the bowl. I did not detect any of the coconut or butterscotch
flavor I witnessed in the tin note.
Last third of the bowl got slightly foul in taste
and a hot feeling in the mouth but that may have been the result
of heavy puffing as I was trying too hard to see if I could extract
more flavors. The tobacco burned right to the heel of a Group 4
size pipe with one or two relights. The ash was a darker grey and
very fine in texture. The heel and draft were completely dry, not
something you witness often with aromatics.
On a scale of 1-5 (1 being superb) I personally
rate 2016 a 2-1/2. In fine the 2016 is a decent quality Aromatic.
Not to sticky sweet and the casings or flavorings do not have an
artificial chemical like taste. I recommend this blend to anyone
who is a regular aromatic smoker as well as a nice treat for those
who do not regularly indulge in this style of tobacco. My only recommendation
is that the user sips lightly to experience all that 2016 has to
But would you trust a review from this guy......
Profile - Henry Mancini
Enrico Nicola "Henry" Mancini was an American
composer, conductor and arranger, who is best remembered for
his film and television scores. Often cited as one of the
greatest composers in the history of film, he won four Academy
Awards, a Golden Globe, and twenty Grammy Awards, plus a posthumous
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.
His best known works include the jazz-idiom theme to The
Pink Panther film series ("The Pink Panther Theme"),
his "Moon River" to Breakfast at Tiffany's, and
the theme to the Peter Gunn television series. The Peter Gunn
theme won the first Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Mancini
also had a long collaboration on film scores with the film
director Blake Edwards.
Mancini was nominated for an unprecedented 72 Grammy's, winning
20. Additionally he was nominated for 18 Academy Awards, winning
Mancini was also a concert performer, conducting over fifty
engagements per year, resulting in over 600 symphony performances
during his lifetime.
Mancini died of pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles on June
14, 1994. He was working at the time on the Broadway stage
version of Victor/Victoria, which he never saw on stage. [more]
This month's tobacco blends were selected at random from member
Gawith & Hogarth Dark Flake Scented
Flake Scented merges smoky dark-fired leaf from Malawi with cigar-like,
dark air-cured tobacco from India. The unique taste comes from a
combination of traditional English flavors; definitely for fans
of the Lakeland tobaccos. This blend is very stout, so smoke it
MacBaren Plumb Cake (3.5 oz tin)
is made with rich, matured Virginias, earthy Burleys, a tangy Cavendish
and a whisper of Latakia. Its enjoyable aroma comes from the measured
enhancement of Jamaican Rum.
by Ernie Whitenack
This afternoon I was out having my new glasses
adjusted; they kept sliding down my nose which is an impossible
situation when wearing trifocals. When finished, I sat in my car,
retrieved a tobacco pouch from my hip pocket, stuffed my pipe and
I always carry a pouch in favor of a tin, and in
a hip pocket. This habit goes way back to my early days of pipe
smoking and was in step with almost everyone who did likewise when
most brands were available in two ounce pouches or large tins.
On my way home, it occurred to me, as it has before,
that the tobacco, after several days on my hip, seems to have mellowed
and flavors blended. Now, I pose the question. Could it be that
the pressure and heat of a body causes that effect? Kind of an accelerated
aging, or is it my imagination?