Club Info & Events
It's been a long time since our last regular meeting and it was good to
have the usual suspects all gathered around the table. We've even managed
to get Kenny back on a regular basis. Some of the new guys were beginning
to think he was just a figment of our imagination.
There was a lot to cover at the October meeting and we put a number of
wheels in motion. I guess I'll start with the biggest news since it might
come as a surprise to some of you.
SHPC Elects a New President
As a result of our forced relocation last year, our nomadic interstate
search for a new meeting place and his own personal responsibilities,
Don Powers, our club President had found it very difficult to continue
attending meetings. As hard as this was for Don, and all of us for that
matter, sometimes personal responsibilities become a priority over personal
pleasures (honestly though there should be a law against this). During
this period I had been appointed as interim President to go along with
my roll as Secretary, but a duty I only half heartily accepted and with
the stipulation that no other major responsibilities would be included.
For the better part of this past year we have been fortunate enough to
have a new permanent location to hold our monthly meetings (thanks for
your help with that Eric) and even had the opportunity to enjoy visits
from Steve Johnson (Don Carlos/Comoy) and Tony Sanchez (Santa Fe Pipes).
But I've noticed my enthusiasm waning a bit and I didn't want it to effect
the club, we needed some new life. So at our October meeting I thought
it time to address the issue of electing a new permanent president,
but how do you fill the shoes of a man like Don Power's? Well, the thing
is... you don't, you can only aspire to fill his shoes. So now the task
was upon us to find the best man (or woman) for the job and willing to
take on this important responsibility. The majority of the group agreed
it was time as well. [read
A New SHPC Blend by Watch City Cigar
Ernie Quintiliani of Watch
City Cigar and Dock Perry have been working on a special blend of
tobacco created especially for SHPC. It will be a pressed blend which
will include some Virginias and cigar leaf as well as some ten year plus,
aged Ampora Blue that Dock recently acquired on E-bay. Since so much time
is required in it's pressing, Ernie would like to get a preliminary number
of how many members think they'd like to purchase a 2oz jar of this new
blend. If you're interested please send me an email
and I'll pass it along to Dock and Ernie.
The December Meeting
Right now the plan is to have our December meeting at the regular
time and place. However, we have a few people looking into a place to
have a holiday meeting/party, possibly at the Three Guys Smokeshop or
a restaurant in New Hampshire (where you can still enjoy a smoke with
your meal). Details will be posted here or by email prior to the December
The 1st Annual Great Northeast Pipe Show
The 1st annual Great Northeast Pipe Show sponsored by the Habana Premium
Smoke Shop (pipesandcigars.com
) will be held on Sunday, November 6th in Albany, NY at the Comfort
Inn, located at 1606 Central Ave. Doors will open at 10:00 am.
This should be a pretty good sized show with many exhibitors and vendors.
Tobacco blender extraordinaire Russ Oullette will be giving a seminar
on tobacco blending as well. If you think you might be interested in attending
this event send me and email
so we can keep track of who's going and help coordinate arrangements to
meet up or carpool.
For those of you who would like to test your powers of deduction, preferably
while induced with the contemplative properties of pipe smoke, the Dancing
Man-agram might just be what you're looking for. Whether you're a
pipe smoker, a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast or just love solving the problems
of the world, the Dancing Man-agram will put your mind to the
test. But are you up for the challange?? I'm not too sure??
& Tobacco News & Info
SHPC Donates $100 to the Smokers Club Inc.
For years now Samantha Phillipe has been working hard doing what
many of us don't have the time or energy to do. She's been helping
to keep the resistance against the anti smoking movement alive and
kicking by producing the Smokers
Club and The
United Pro Choice Smoker's Newsletter. As we are all aware,
the focus of the anti smoking crusade is on the cigarette smokers
but you know they won't be happy until tobacco is wiped out forever
or at least crippled more than it already is. We need to help support
this type of resistance as much as possible if we want to hold on
to what little freedom we have left. Thanks Samantha for all your
Massachusetts Looks to Balance Budget on Backs of Smokers
Faced with a budget shortfall by which there is not enough money
to provide health care coverage for low-income parents and children,
state legislators in Massachusetts are looking to increase the tax
on cigarettes by 60 cents per pack to help balance the budget. [read
United Pro Choice Smoker's Rights Newsletter
Worth A Look
A great way to keep track of all your tobacco.
Briar and Leaf Chronicles
Written by Greg Pease.
These pages may be old news to many of you but although I've been
to the GLPease
website before I never had time to read them all through. I found
the Briar and Leaf Chronicles to be very interesting and entertaining
reading and just what I needed to help me out of some pipesmoking
Month's Tobacco Raffle
The Solani Flake below was not raffled
off last month.
Solani Virginia Flake w/ Perique #633
classic flake with bright Virginias and Perique. This cool, slow
burning blend has a natural sweetness and a wonderful room aroma.
GL Pease - Ashbury
red and bright Virginia tobaccos, generous portions of small leaf
orientals and a small measure of the finest Cyprus Latakia make
Ashbury a comfortable yet distinguished mixture with a Balkan heritage
and a poet's spirit.
What's it all about???
For those of you who are familiar with the Sherlock Holmes story "The
Adventure of the Dancing Men," you already have a clue to solving
this puzzle. But that in no way means the solution will be an easy one
because this mystery will take some time and cunning to solve. So if
you've never read The Adventure of the Dancing Men before it might be
a good place to start. Read
How do I play?
Each Dancing Man-agram consists of an important message in the
form of a quote, phrase, name, etc.of something related to pipes & tobacco,
Sherlock Holmes, smoking and the like (that was your first clue).
Each dancing man figure represents a letter of the alphabet. Your job
is to figure out which letter of the alphabet each figure represents
in order to decipher the message. Each month there will be a new puzzle
to solve but don't think your clues from previous investigations will
help you in any way, the key to the solution will always be a mystery.
Be sure to print out each puzzle so that you can work out the solution
in your armchair by the fire with you're favorite pipe or your best
Watson (you'll most definitely need him or her).
Hint: There is a second
clue somewhere on the Dancing Man-agram page. Use your mouse to find
it. If after the first week I don't receive a correct answer, additional
clues may be added so don't forget to check back.
A Reward for your Efforts
This challenging puzzle will take some time to solve using all of your
powers of deduction but don't worry, your efforts will not go unrewarded.
Whoever is the first person to send an email
with the correct solution to this cryptic message will receive a tin
of tobacco as compensation for their keen eye of observation and their
acute attention to detail (future prizes may vary). This
month's reward is a 2+ year old tin of Erinmore Flake (50g).
So what are you waiting for man? The game is a foot!
Click here to solve your first
Tobacco Cellaring with TobaccoCellar.org By
A couple of years ago I had my first chance to visit Steve Gutz's
house. Along with the pipes, books and assorted ephemera I was most struck
by his incredible collection of tobacco. I spent quite a bit of time looking
through dozens and dozens of old tins, many of which are older than I
am. That day Steve and I headed up to The Gold Leaf in Seabrook as I had
heard good things about them but had never been to the shop in person.
When we arrived I was amazed to see quite a few discontinued blends still
collecting dust on the shelves including "Bengal Slices" which had long
since gone the way of the "do do" after J.B.Russell closed it's doors.
I walked out of there with about $250.00 less in my wallet but with what
would become the humble beginnings of my tobacco cellar .
From that day forward there would be an emphasis on the weekly purchasing
of tobacco for my cellar from my local tobacco shops. I would concentrate
first on the shop's oldest tins then work towards their newer stock. Dating
is quite easy with tins from McClelland tobacco as they print the packaging
date in the code stamp on the bottom of each tin. On some tins you can
only guesstimate by asking the shopkeeper how long he/she believes they've
been there. I've found that I like to put away a little bit of everything
rather than focusing on one blend, brand or style of tobacco. In the long
run Virginias will improve most with age. Most will retain their rich
nutty flavors while the undesirable edges will smooth out nicely. Latakia's
can go either way sometimes becoming richer and smooth while other times
becoming flat and uninteresting. At times it's a roll of the dice. Another
factor to consider is that tobacco will never be more plentiful or lower
in price than it is today.
If you're a lover of the Dunhill line of tobaccos NOW'S the time to be
buying up the Murray's made stuff if you can still find it. Most regular
smokers of these blends have had few good things to say about the current
state of the Orlik made versions of the Dunhill blends.
As far as storing goes, I don't have any fancy accommodations for the
tins. I just stack them up on shelves after dating the bottom with the
year it was purchased. Some write the year and month but since I cellar
for the long term, I have no need to be that precise. When I store bulk
tobacco I've found nothing beats the "Ball" brand mason jars for keeping
your tobacco the freshest. You can usually pick up a dozen at the supermarket
for nine bucks. Mason jars with the bail type top I've found will leak
air after a couple of years and are best suited for short term use.
keep track of my growing cellar, I've recently discovered a great website
called TobaccoCellar.org. It's a free site where you can enter
all of your tins and bulks into the database so you can have an online
record of your tobaccos. Entering the information is easy and you can
choose to list the status of your tins as either Cellared, for what you're
storing, Open, to show what you are currently smoking, or For Sale. If
you list a tin as For Sale, interested buyers can contact you to negotiate
a price. It's really a great way to keep track of all your tobacco. If
you'd like to check
out the tobacco I have cellared or start cellaring your own tobacco
be sure to stop by and visit TobaccoCellar.org.
looking for a news item to help fill out this newsletter. So if you have
pipe, tobacco or smoking related news, or would like to share your knowledge
on a particular
pipes and tobacco related subject, please send it along and maybe I'll
use it. (Preferably by e-mail).