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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 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 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• 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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