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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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Trial by fire

Trial by fire

•By Tad Gage and Joe Harb• In this interesting and eclectic tasting, we decided to review some new offerings as well as an established but perhaps not particularly well-known line of tobaccos. Villiger International, based in Switzerland and established in 1888, has long been associated with an excellent line of Dutch-style cigars and dry-cured cigarillos. […]

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Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

by Tad Gage and Joe Harb     With the prospect of a slight fall cooling in the air, we have tracked down some familiar and newer tobaccos that invite contemplation of the changing seasons and thoughts of a time in the not-too-distant future when the summer’s heat will be a slightly romanticized and cherished memory. Many […]

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