June 2012

Tuesday, June 1, 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 May Meeting - Banished to the Basement
Another change in meeting place this month but in this case it was the same church, different pew (sort of). As we smokers have come to expect we were banished, yet again, to the basement. Permanent or temporary, we're not entirely sure, we'll just have to wait and see. The room itself is fine but is less accessible to people who are not as agile as they once were and we need to wrestle the weight watchers group for squatters rights.
Most of the usual crew showed up at CB Perkins and we ate at Papa Gino's instead of Subway for a slight change of pace.
Derek limped his way to the meeting after recent hip surgery aided by his good friend, current roommate and potential new member, Bill. Bill works as a carpenter and smokes more cigars than pipes but is picking the pipe up quickly under the constant tutelage of Derek. Welcome Bill.

The order has been placed. Thanks to everyone for paying on time. We have not yet received any details as to when the pipes will be available or when the balance will be due but I have been told the pipes have already been started. I suspect they will be available for pick-up at either the July or August meeting. Right now I would say to have the balance with you for the July meeting (or sooner if you wish).

Tobacco Review - by Ernie Whitenack

Cornell and Deihl's - Engine 99
I took advantage of Pipes and Cigars' month long 15% discount on C&D's tobacco and purchased some bulk Engine 99.

Pipes and cigars describe it as a full English blend while C&D calls it a full English blend featuring Latakia and Perique. At a second place on C&D's website they say it is a combination of #968R and #970 (Red Odessa and un-pressed Pirate cake).

It most certainly is a rough cut full English ranging in tones from very light to black. From the first sniff, when I received the bag, to the bottom of each bowl the smoky overtone of Latakia is present. Mingled in throughout the smoke are the plumb-like flavor of the Perique and the citrus sweetness of Virginia.

Don't pack too firmly. The first light can be tiresome as it takes a while to get a good full light. But then, it pays in the end with a slow burn that is cool and quite smooth. The Latakia aftertaste is very noticeable and lingers but will fade quickly with food or drink.

For those who are not into English blends, the descriptors of light, medium, and full are deceptive. The beginner to English blends might look to a light blend for a soft, easy on the tongue smoke and find just the opposite. It is the increase in dark tobaccos – Latakia, Perique, and toasted varieties that take the sting out of the Virginias and some Orientals while slowing the burn rate. In essence, well put-together full English is smoother and softer than either a light or a medium blend.

What I Like

To lie with half-closed eyes, as in a dream,
Upon the grassy ban of some calm stream--
 And smoke.

To climb with daring feet some rugged rock,
And site aloft where the gulls and curlews flock--
 And smoke.

To wander lonely on the ocean's brink,
And of the good old times to muse and think--
 And smoke.

To hide me in some deep and woody glen,
Far from unhealthy haunts of sordid men--
And smoke.

To linger in some fairy haunted vale,
While all about me falls the moonlight pale--
And smoke.


Pipes & Tobacco News & Info

Pipe Smoking in the Movies
For those of you who are addicted to the History Channel like I am, surely you have seen the trailer for the three part series of the Hatfields & McCoy's starring Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton and a number of other fine actors. In the movie that Costner also produced the soundtrack for, Devil Anse Hatfield (Costner) is rarely seen without his stubby brown pipe clenched in his teeth and which is always producing plenty of smoke. I wouldn't be surprised if Costner picks up the pipe on a regular basis after this movie.

The LA Times says:
"But no matter how wide the conflict becomes, it is always the two men who are at the story's center. As Devil Anse, Costner comes as close to a hero as this piece gets. It is a truly brilliant performance, worthy of an Emmy for the pipe-smoking alone."

I've already watched parts one and two of the series and am really enjoying it. If you can't watch it, you can catch it On Demand, but don't wait too long or it'll be gone. . Check out the trailer.

Other Important Links for smokers:

Websites Worth a Look

Smoking Pipe Tobacco.com
I found this pipe related website while surfing the web and thought it had some interesting information. Maybe you will too.  [Take Me There]

Tobacco Raffle
This month we have a couple of the new versions of the old Dunhill blends. Let us know what you think of them.

Dunhill Mixture 965 (50g)
Our most popular bulk Latakia mixture. Latakia, Macedonian, and Cavendish. For the connoisseurs of full-bodied tobacco. Choicest small Latakia impart a rich nutty flavor and coolness. Macedonia Bright is added for sweetness. The Brown Cavendish completes the blend that all confirmed pipe smokers love.

Dunhill Deluxe Navy Rolls (50g)
Virginia and Perique tobaccos mixed to provide a dried fruit experience. Flue cured, curly cut. These beautiful coins of Virginias and Perique are sure to please.

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