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Next Meeting is Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 at 7:00 PM
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Club Info & Events

Details from the March Club Meeting

NOTICE: All Meeting Now Being Held at the Sportman's Club - Sharon, MA.

Sherlock Homes Theatre Night at the Sportsman's Club
As far as I am aware the April 2016 meeting will be the very first Sherlock Homes Theatre Night ever held by our club (which is actually quite a sup rise).. Although a number of us are Sherlock Holmes fans, our club seems to be more inclined to celebrate the great detective's favorite crime solving companion and counselor, his pipe (sorry Dr. Watson). But on April 5th we will celebrate both the man and his pipe while enjoying some tasty pizza (which I've heard was a particular favorite of Mr. Holmes). We'll be meeting and eating at the Massapaog Sportsman's Club so you can arrive any time after 6 PM.

Welcome Back Rick!!

The highlight of our March meeting was without a doubt the return of our good friend and comrade Rick Frederics. Rick has been away for 15 months while he battled a life threatening illness and we are happy to say he appears to have come out the victor. Considering all he's been through, he looks GREAT! It was great to finally get a chance to catch up in person and to introduce him to our new members. He also took this time to officially turned over the reins of treasurer to Derek who now has some pretty big shoes to fill. Rick has opted to discontinue smoking for the time being on the advice of his doctor so his attendance will be less frequent. It was great to see you Rick and we look forward to your next visit.

More New Blood
Well it looks that way anyway. We were happy to see two new faces at our March Meeting. Harley is a fine commercial artist (primarily in restaurants, cruise ships and casinos) and Al works for the Merchant Marines out of NY. We welcome you both and look forward to seeing more of you.


Invisible Enemy - A short story by Ernie Whitenack

From the Intro....
Hitler’s hidden diamonds and gold were allocated to fund a secret organization. It was a terrorist group known as Werwolf (Werewolf) who would disrupt and confuse the Allied occupation, and planned to overthrow the Allies, and then carry the fight to the East and Soviet Russia.

Chapters: Ch 1 | Ch 2 | Ch 3 | Ch 4 | Ch 5 | Ch 6

Chapter 6
Many of the signs hanging from buildings were similar to the bakery sign, graphic in nature, and either painted or carved. Among them, and about a half block ahead, hung a very large depiction of a peasant pipe suspended from yet another ornate iron bracket. He stopped at the shop but a notice in the door window indicated the hours for the Freiburg Tobacconists are Monday through Saturday from 0900 to 1700. (Chapter 6)

Tobacco Review...................... by Kevin Catanzaro

W.O. Larsen - 2016 Limited Edition

Tobacco Type: Aromatic
Cut: Ribbon
Leaf: Primarily Golden/Bright in color with a fair amount of darker leaves and a small amount of what looks like some sort  of broken flake.
Tin Note: Chocolate, Coconut, Butterscotch
Room Note: “like Sunday morning breakfast”- "Spouse approved”

Age when smoked: New
Let me start off by stating, “I am not a tobacco snob” Although I primarily prefer a good Virginia as my go to style of tobacco, I do indulge often into the likes of Aromatics, English, Lakelands and VaPers. Hell, I even keep pouches of Captain Black Original on hand for when my mouth feels “smoked out” and I need to re adjust the palette with something that is just easy to smoke. That being said, I was excited to try this blend with great enthusiasm as one of my all-time favorite aromatics is WO Larsen 2011. (Not available anymore but, I have 2 tins packed away in the cellar?)
After popping the tin and opening up the neatly rolled cellophane pouch the tin note hit me hard with a fragrance of coffee. Now, I don’t mean real coffee aroma that one might experience if they walked into an espresso bar in Naples but, an aroma more likely to be detected at a local Dunkin Donuts.

I proceeded to load my pipe and get ready for my smoke. One thing I learned a long time ago from a veteran pipe smoker was to smoke the pipe unlit for a minute or two as this helps distinguish some of the subtleties that may hide in the tobacco. As I looked for an implement to light my pipe I sipped lightly and tried to identify what I tasted from my unlit bowl of 2016. It occurred to me the flavor I was tasting was exactly like a Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla Coffee with Extra Cream and Extra Sugar. Now, a coffee snob I am! And, I am neither a huge fan of Dunkin nor any type of flavored coffee but, that’s a story for another time.

On to the charring light: The 2016 lit easily and the smoke came through with a creamy taste but lost some of the coffee flavor. That’s when the chocolate started to come through as a semi sweet, slightly bitter in the back ground but in a good way.
It started to mellow to a more sweet chocolaty flavor towards the middle of the bowl. I did not detect any of the coconut or butterscotch flavor I witnessed in the tin note.

Last third of the bowl got slightly foul in taste and a hot feeling in the mouth but that may have been the result of heavy puffing as I was trying too hard to see if I could extract more flavors. The tobacco burned right to the heel of a Group 4 size pipe with one or two relights. The ash was a darker grey and very fine in texture. The heel and draft were completely dry, not something you witness often with aromatics.

On a scale of 1-5 (1 being superb) I personally rate 2016 a 2-1/2. In fine the 2016 is a decent quality Aromatic. Not to sticky sweet and the casings or flavorings do not have an artificial chemical like taste. I recommend this blend to anyone who is a regular aromatic smoker as well as a nice treat for those who do not regularly indulge in this style of tobacco. My only recommendation is that the user sips lightly to experience all that 2016 has to offer.

But would you trust a review from this guy......

Piper Profile - Henry Mancini

(from Wikipedia...)
Enrico Nicola "Henry" Mancini was an American   composer, conductor and arranger, who is best remembered for his film and television scores. Often cited as one of the greatest composers in the history of film, he won four Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and twenty Grammy Awards, plus a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.

His best known works include the jazz-idiom theme to The Pink Panther film series ("The Pink Panther Theme"), his "Moon River" to Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the theme to the Peter Gunn television series. The Peter Gunn theme won the first Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Mancini also had a long collaboration on film scores with the film director Blake Edwards.

Mancini was nominated for an unprecedented 72 Grammy's, winning 20. Additionally he was nominated for 18 Academy Awards, winning four.

Mancini was also a concert performer, conducting over fifty engagements per year, resulting in over 600 symphony performances during his lifetime.

Mancini died of pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles on June 14, 1994. He was working at the time on the Broadway stage version of Victor/Victoria, which he never saw on stage. [more]

More Related Links

Moon River - Andy Williams
Summer Place - Instrumental
Baby Elephant Walk

Watch: Mancini Interview Pt.1 | Pt.2 | Pt. 3

Video of the Month
Pink Panther: Sherlock Pink

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

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Tobacco Raffle
This month's tobacco blends were selected at random from member requests.

Gawith & Hogarth Dark Flake Scented (3oz Bulk)
Dark Flake Scented merges smoky dark-fired leaf from Malawi with cigar-like, dark air-cured tobacco from India. The unique taste comes from a combination of traditional English flavors; definitely for fans of the Lakeland tobaccos. This blend is very stout, so smoke it slowly.

MacBaren Plumb Cake (3.5 oz tin)
Plumcake is made with rich, matured Virginias, earthy Burleys, a tangy Cavendish and a whisper of Latakia. Its enjoyable aroma comes from the measured enhancement of Jamaican Rum.

Tobacco Pouches.................... by Ernie Whitenack

This afternoon I was out having my new glasses adjusted; they kept sliding down my nose which is an impossible situation when wearing trifocals. When finished, I sat in my car, retrieved a tobacco pouch from my hip pocket, stuffed my pipe and lit up.

I always carry a pouch in favor of a tin, and in a hip pocket. This habit goes way back to my early days of pipe smoking and was in step with almost everyone who did likewise when most brands were available in two ounce pouches or large tins.

On my way home, it occurred to me, as it has before, that the tobacco, after several days on my hip, seems to have mellowed and flavors blended. Now, I pose the question. Could it be that the pressure and heat of a body causes that effect? Kind of an accelerated aging, or is it my imagination?

All comments welcome.

The Old Timer                 

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