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Trial by fire

Trial by fire

by Tad Gage and Joe Harb There’s no shortage of pipe tobacco introductions these days (lucky for all of us)—both new blends and seemingly regular reintroductions of classics. We decided to review some of the new and a pinch of the new/old. Cornell & Diehl collaborated with artisan Danish pipemaker Tom Eltang, who has been […]

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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 decided to review two tobacco brands that are so old and established, and frankly so coy in their descriptions, that they’re hardly the buzz of the pipe world. Robert Lewis and James J. Fox tobaccos are products of two of England’s oldest and still-operating tobacco merchants. Lewis was […]

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Trial by fire

Trial by fire

by Tad Gage and Joe Harb Capstan “Blue” Sliced Flake Gage: Capstan Blue is the darker and heavier blend, but the tin aroma of the two is nearly identical. The flakes are perfect layers of dark leaf flecked with bright yellow strips and circles. Who needs to smoke it? The tobacco looks like a finely […]

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Trial by fire

Trial by fire

This go around, we danced with Sasquatch and sipped some new offerings from German-made Cup O’ Joes, then took a short tour of family history with the Stokkebye 4th Generation tobaccos. The tinned series from Cup O’ Joes features a fanciful Bigfoot theme. Highlighting the consistently high-quality tobaccos from manufacturer Kohlhase & Kopp, they left […]

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Trial by fire

Trial by fire

Peterson tobaccos have gone through a few iterations in the past couple decades, but it seems, for the most part, the company has settled on blends developed by Kohlhase, Kopp & Co., a highly respected manufacturer. It’s fair to say many, if not most, of the Peterson tobaccos are robust–densely aged and caked and delivering […]

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Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

by Tad Gage and Joe Harb Villiger International’s lineup of bulk Newminster tobaccos reflects influences from classic Stokkebye mixtures (a company Villiger acquired), and deft blending and tobacco sourcing from Mac Baren. While some of these tobaccos are reprises of classic Stokkebye blends, there are some intriguing differences. One of these is the use of […]

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Trial by fire

Trial by fire

by Tad Gage and Joe Harb We’re taking a close look at Cornell & Diehl’s tobacco series honoring groundbreaking African-American members of the military. It also gives us the chance to review First Responders. Originally named Tribute, this blend was created by Greg Pease for C&D as a tribute to those who responded to the […]

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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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