A Primer on Pipe Tobacco

Pipe Tobacco Classifications Air-Cured: These pipe tobaccos are dried naturally, sheltered from sunlight in large barns. The drying is carried out on the whole plant or as individual leaves. Sugar is the by-product of this three month drying process. Dark Pipe Tobaccos: These pipe tobacco plants are very mature and developed at the time of picking. The leaf is subjected to a second fermentation process. These leaves are used to make cigars. Fire-Cured: Akin to Dark, its natural drying is completed by a wood-fired fumigation (oak used by most of the traditionalists) Sun-Cured: Almost all of Oriental pipe tobaccos are cured by this method. Oriental pipe tobaccos are grown in Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria and adjoining countries.


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New House Blend – Winchester 44

Winchester 44, our latest House Blend, is a full bodied smoke that keeps its flavor  to the bottom of the bowl. The multiple flue-cured Virginia tobaccos have the true Virginia taste and sweetness. The Black Cavendish adds a hint of vanilla and enhances the aroma. We named it Winchester 44 because it hits the target every time.


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Tobacco Selection Without A Fault: Getting a Smooth Smoke

By Eric Whitaker All too often, people select tobaccos based on psychological marketing descriptions and outright lies. We already get enough of that with politicians! Please just leave our tobacco alone, Thank you. Today’s world is fast-paced, nobody has any patience anymore (what’s that?), yes,time is money in the tobacco business–along with many other things in this world. We are faced with opposing logic (things just don’t make sense, anymore–wrong is right and right is wrong)–which all goes to prove the exact opposite, when it comes to tobacco! Tobacco is a luxury, an old world pleasure, not to be adulterated with artificial ingredients or flavors or chemicals. Any tobacco that has these things, in my experience, is a tobacco that is hiding something disagreeable, because any high quality tobacco should naturally be able to stand on its own in the flavor department, without said additives. What Mother Nature gives us is sufficient. What companies add to it is unnecessary and presumptuous, to the unknowing public: if you want cherry flavor–eat REAL CHERRIES, don’t mix it with your tobacco! The same goes with all the other Junk they flavor it with! Many times, the tobacco companies that have no character or integrity will artificially flavor tobaccos that have not been cured properly, and rapidly send the concoctions out the door, to market with impunity, and no regard,for their very customers who kept them financially alive. The customer gets a harsh smoking, goopy mess in the bottom of his pipe bowl, and a Continue Reading →


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Oriental Pipe Tobacco

The common name “Turkish”, given to tobacco currently, really refers to tobacco grown in not only the country of Turkey, but other parts of the world, including Greece, Macedonia, Russia and Asia. More specifically, the reason why the name is used in a general way, was due to the expansion of the Ottoman Empire, centuries ago, when the Turks were conquering and occupying new territories. “Oriental” is a more accurate name to the tobaccos we know of today, which add marvelous aromas and tastes  to pipe tobaccos that are grouped into categories of Balkans, English mixtures and Scottish mixtures; these tobaccos being naturally aromatic, to various degrees. They are from the plant Nicotiana Rustica, the leaves being very small compared to other tobacco. They are mostly sun-cured, and harvested by priming the leaves off the plant, one by one. They grow on mountain plains, hillsides and the base of valleys. Soil conditions in many areas in which they are grown are unique. Generally, modern agricultural techniques of fertilization, irrigation, crop rotation, etc., are not used. The plants have developed a waxy coating on the leaves to help it to survive dry conditions. The beauty of this natural reaction, is that the wax on the leaves help lock in and preserve natural organic essential oils, which give the tobacco their famous herbal and spicy, aromatic qualities, so valued. The tobacco which is one of the most aromatic of this kind is called “Smyrna”, of which “Latakia” comes from. Latakia is the Continue Reading →


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