Details of the May Meeting - Banished to the Basement
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.
2012 CLUB PIPE UPDATE
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).
- 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--
To climb with daring feet some rugged rock,
And site aloft where the gulls and curlews flock--
To wander lonely on the ocean's brink,
And of the good old times to muse and think--
To hide me in some deep and woody glen,
Far from unhealthy haunts of sordid men--
To linger in some fairy haunted vale,
While all about me falls the moonlight pale--