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Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

by Tad Gage and Bobby Fabian Images courtesy of Smokingpipes.com Our winter issue reviews conjure up thoughts of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. There is the Ghost of Christmas Past: a lovingly re-created grouping of tobaccos celebrating the blends from one of the greatest shops ever, Drucquer & Sons of London, and after 1928, Berkeley, California. […]

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Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

by Tad Gage and Bobby Fabian We’re reviewing exciting newer blends this round, including entries from Cult (Scandinavian Tobacco Group), the reintroduction of the classic Bengal Slices, new 4th Generation offerings from Erik Stokkebye and a jewel of a red Virginia from Cornell & Diehl. With all the talk about what Food and Drug Administration […]

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Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

by Tad Gage and Bobby Fabian In this round of reviews and tastings, we take on the first new tobaccos in quite a while from the venerable Samuel Gawith (and it seems they’ve made nice with Gawith Hoggarth, but I still don’t understand the relationship). A dram-worthy Hobbit-y Middle Earth quintet from Just For Him […]

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Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

by Tad Gage and Bobby Fabian What is an aromatic tobacco? Today, we usually consider it a cased or flavor- topped blend. Often, the topping over- powers the base tobacco, or has been used to mask bland or inferior base tobacco. But reading the labels on the tobaccos of old, we find that “aromatic” was […]

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Trial by fire

Trial by fire

by Tage Gage and Bobby Fabian With this issue, Bobby Fabian joins Tad Gage in writing “Trial by fire,” adding his insightful assessments and providing a new dimension to these reviews by recommending various beverages to accompany the tobaccos tasted. The choice of beverage is an important consideration for pipe smokers. A beverage can often […]

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Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

by Tad Gage and Joe Harb It is our sad duty to announce that this issue contains the last “Trial by Fire” reviews from contributor Joe Harb. For the past 10 years, Harb has written insightful and entertaining reviews for this magazine, often smoking late into the night to provide descriptions and determine the nuances […]

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Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

by Tad Gage and Joe Harb It has been a long-standing tradition for pipemakers to create tobacco mixtures to complement their pipes. Dunhill, Davidoff, Ashton, Castello and Larsen are examples of pipe companies that made the pipe/tobacco connection early in their histories and are still going strong with pipes and tobacco blends. Today we have […]

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Trial by fire

Trial by fire

by Tad Gage and Joe Harb We travel around the tobacco world with our tasting, sampling some newer and familiar house blends from the always-creative Boston-area tobacconist Watch City Cigar Co. (www.watchcitycigar.com); new offerings from IMP, a meerschaum pipe importer that has introduced Turkish-style blends with the meer in mind; and two Semois (pronounced sem-wah) […]

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Trial by fire

Trial by fire

By Tad Gage and Joe Harb We were excited to review four new offerings from the New York Pipe Club, a storied club whose past and present ranks include some of the world’s top pipe collectors, tobacco gurus and all-around aficionados. Expectations ran high for what this group of connoisseurs had to present in mixtures […]

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Trial by fire

Trial by fire

  •By Tad Gage and Joe Harb• Altadis (now a part of Imperial Tobacco) has been one of the stalwarts of support for pipe smokers and a point player in fighting antitobacco legislation and taxation. The company’s selection of bulk and tinned tobacco is extensive. The Sutliff line of tinned pipe tobacco represents Altadis’ effort […]

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