August 2012

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at
C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
Dinner 6PM - Location TBD

Club Info & Events

Details of the July Meeting
First I'd like to thank Rick, our treasurer for doing a great write up for last month's meeting. I wish I had as much to write about for this past meeting but the summer months are precious and there never seems to be enough time to get in all of our activities before Spring is upon us again. So sometimes the pipe club needs to take a back seat. But one thing is true... I've never been to a meeting where no one showed up and although I can be content with my pipe and my self, it's always more enjoyable to smoke with friends. Thanks to all of you who continue to come month after month..

There was a fair amount of tobacco sampling going on last month. Ernie brough with him some of the "original" (or as original as we'll probably come across) Ehrlich's DPE which he let me sample. It was a nice smoke but did not really fit my current flavor profile. On the other hand, Neil, who got me hooked on Prince Albert earlier this year (which has become my new pizza), gave me some Wessex Burley Slice which I found quite enjoyable with a lot of nice flavor. I only had enough for one bowl but will be buying more for sure. Neil, if you still have some left, bring it with you :-) ..

I came home Wednesday to find a large box on my doorstep and I new immediately what it was. The 2012 Club Pipes by Mastro de Paja have arrived at last and will be distributed at the August meeting. We will distribute them the same way be did last year using numbers and the pipes will remain boxed to give everyone an even chance. The six pipes that were ordered with a stand were packed as a set so those who purchased the set will pick from that group in the order they are selected. I only looked at a couple of them but the presentation is very nice. Can't wait to see them all out in the open..

SHPC's Annual BBQ
As has become the tradition, our president and good comrade Eric Kahn has graciously offered to once again host the Annual SHPC BBQ. This year's barbeque will be held on Sunday, September 9th at 1 PM. Further details will be sent our via email and will require an rsvp if you plan to attend. We look forward to a big turnout this year. Hope to see you there.
Tobacco Reviews

Sutliff's Hidden Gems - by Neil Morris

Golden Age

Like most of you, I have been picking up the Sutliff sample tins that are provided to our club each month and for many years by the Altadis USA corporation. Generally we accept these free samples with much gratitude but not with much enthusiasm. Many of them are strong Aromatics with a healthy dose of humectant. But recently I've discovered that there are few hidden gems tucked away in these blends that deserve far more attention than I've been giving them.

The first blend I'd like to bring to your attention is Golden Age. The information on the label is not very helpful, listing simply "Darkened Tobaccos With Perique". So I researched a bit further and found it contains Turkish, Unsweetened Black Cavendish & Virginia along with the Perique. But my nose and taste buds also detect Burley.

The tin aroma is slightly musty, as if someone were smoking a pipe in an old Library. Though not listed as an aromatic and with no discernable casing, it is a bit moist from the humectant. I have let this tin dry out a bit and it smokes much better. With the initial char light I immediately taste the Perique with a hint of Burley. On true light I get a nice mixture of flavors, including Turkish and some Virginia sweetness. If you're a fan of blends that create a lot of smoke then you'll love Golden Age! Billows of puffy white smoke fill the room.

Around mid-bowl I'm picking up a nice, nutty Burley flavor with a hint of raisins. The Perique is still there but just enough to add an interesting spiciness. It does not overwhelm. To my nose, the Room Note is pleasant and earthy, with the scent of autumn leaves on damp earth. Slow and easy does it with this blend or it could burn too hot. No gurgling and the satisfying finish burns down to a light grey ash with no dottle.

I'm happy to have found this blend and it is now part of my regular rotation. Give it a try and as our dear friend Ken used to say: "Pacem en Puffing". - Neil

Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

This Really Chaps My Ass
The headline and excerpts below come from an online article on USA Today dated May 1, 2012. Do these people even know what their talking about??

Smokers dodge cigarette tax by switching to pipes, cigars
WASHINGTON – American smokers have shifted to pipe tobacco and large cigars since federal taxes on cigarettes were increased in 2009, a new government report concludes.
Sales of pipe tobacco and large cigars, both taxed at a lower rate, have soared as smokers have adjusted their buying habits to the new price structure.
Monthly sales of pipe tobacco increased from about 240,000 pounds in January 2009 to more than 3 million pounds in September 2011, the Government Accountability Office found. Monthly sales of large cigars more than doubled, from 411 million pounds to more than 1 billion pounds.
Pipe tobacco is used increasingly to make relatively inexpensive cartons of roll-your-own cigarettes in machines installed in neighborhood smoke shops around the nation.

They say "pipe tobacco is used increasingly to make relatively inexpensive cigarettes" but don't they know that this is NOT "pipe tobacco" but rather, cigarette tobacco that has been cut more like pipe tobacco so that they can re-label it to beat the highter taxes and support their addiction at the expense of pipe smoker. This is where the increase in tobacco sales comes from. If any increase in sales comes from the pipe and cigar smokers it's from the horders (and I'll inlcude myself in that group) who are stalking up for that day when there is no more tobacco to buy. This day may come a lot sooner for pipe smokers if the cigarette smokers continue to get away with this scam. The sad thing about it is that the anti-tobacco group could care less whether it's pipe or cigarette tobacco, it just makes it all the easier kill the pipe tobacco market. Cigars have a better chance, they have the CRA and a strong resolve that pipe smokers seem to lack.

Some good news however and I'm not sure how much it'll help but these days we will take anything we can get. The Federal Highway Bill will force businesses that have roll your own tobacco machines (that use this so called "pipe tobacco") to tax these RYO cigarettes at the same rate as the the packaged cigarettes. This is far better than further taxing pipe tobacco. Maybe someone is paying attention. Here a link to an article that explains the Bill in a little more detail.
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