6, 2012 at 7:00 PM or meet early at C.B.
Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.
Dinner at 6 PM - Location TBD
Info & Events
Details of the February Meeting We
had a nice crew of both pipe and cigar smokers at CB Perkins this
past month and everyone seemed to be in a pretty good mood. Ophelia
showed us all the new pipe she had just purchased and was handing
out cigars for people to try that someone online had given her.
But the next thing that happened is one of the reasons I love
this hobby and the people who pursue it. A guy walked in, purchased
a cigar then sat down with the group. His grandfather had smoked
a pipe so he started asking us a few questions about pipe smoking
and if you know anything about pipe smokers, they love sharing
their passion for the pipe with anyone who will listen. I continued
the conversation I was having with others there when I looked
over and saw this guy holding Ophelia's new pipe and being shown
how to fill it with tobacco. He lights it up, sits back and starts
slowly puffing, and puffing and puffing. He went through
almost then entire bowl without relighting. Either it was beginner's
luck, he is a closet pipe smoker, or maybe he's just a natural.
Whatever the case, I think we had him hooked and the cigar guys
were threatening to kick him out of the store (in jest of course).
I thought perhaps that Ophelia was letting him borrow her new
pipe because who would give away a brand new pipe you hadn't smoked
yet. Apparently, she would, and in the process made a friend and
introduced another happy soul to the world of pipe smoking. I
hope we'll see him back again soon. But this is not the first
time I've seen a woman give a pipe away to a total stranger. Our
only other women club member did a similar thing many years ago
when our club's founder Alan Rosenfield, who had been away from
the club for many, many years but showed up at a meeting out of
the blue. They got to talking and she pretty much gave him the
the Stanwell she had been smoking. Now those of you who know Alan
may know that there was a good possibility that she didn't have
much of a choice. But that's a story for another day. You can
read that story here.
2012 Club Pipe Officially Approved
A motion was made and approved to move forward on the 2012 club
pipe by Mastro De Paja. I had confirmed a few details around additional
cost and how the stamp would be applied. We agreed to go with a
laser engraving on the pipe which will be included in the price.
If all goes as planned the pipes will be available in early summer.
2012 Club Pipe: Taking Orders from Non Members
We are taking orders now for the 2012 SHPC Club Pipe by
Mastro De Paja. A number of orders have already been placed
by our club members but as we have done a few times in the past,
we are making this offer available to a limited number of our readers.
This is a great deal on a beautiful pipe by Mastro De Paja (click
image for a better view). The price of the pipe $168 for the pipe
WITHOUT the stand and $250 for the pipe WITH the stand. Full payment
for non members will be due by April 15th which will also include
a shipping cost which we can discuss through email but should be
somewhere between $7-$12. If you are interested in purchasing one of these pipes please
send us and email so we
can work out the details. Please be clear if you want the pipe
with or without the stand. Unfortunately, we can only take US
Who Woulda Thought? Anyone
who knows my pipe smoking habits knows that I have a pretty finicky
palette. I can smoke a blend one day and love it the next day
it's just ok. Possibly it has something to do with mood, but I
need a tobacco that doesn't care what mood I'm in to make me happy.
Good friend and club member Neil Morris is a relatively new pipe
smoker but you wouldn't know that by talking to him. He's jumped
into this hobby full force and has already gained a lot of experience.
But Neil is one of those guys people like me could find easy to
hate. Why? Because he likes almost everything he smokes and can
enjoy a great variety of blends while I find myself smoking the
same blend day after day with an odd one thrown in every now and
then for $%!#$ and giggles. Recently we had a conversation about
burleys. Neil loves burley blends and one of his favorites is
Prince Albert. All I think about when I hear Prince Albert are
the prank phone calls people used to make about it years ago.
I've smoked other similar burley blends before and none ever really
stuck with me. But there's no big surprise there. So after our
conversation, I decide to give the Prince a try. What could it
hurt. I filled a pipe and smoked it on the way home from the club
meeting. Pretty good I thought, but I know what that means. Let's
see what tomorrow brings. I had enough for another bowl the next
day and it was still working for me but I still wasn't convinced.
So I stopped in to the local tobacconist and was happy to see
that they had some in stock. Many bowls later I can honestly say
it is now one of my favorite blends. It smokes cool in your mouth
and cool in the pipe and has a deep nutty type flavor, something
akin to Grape Nuts cereal which I used to love (if it wasn't so
hard to get out of your teeth). And although every bowl doesn't
excite me the exact same way, I chock that up to the pipe I'm
smoking it in and very probably, my mood. But it's definitely
a keeper. The thing I found strange after I started smoking it
was that the blend kept presenting itself to me, first with an
about it in PipesMagazine.com and then seeing it as a featured
product in a recent PipesandCigars.com
email ad. Reviews I've seen for it are mostly average but when
you have an average palette like mine, it seems to be a perfect
fit. Many drug store blends get over looked for just that reason,
if their a drug store blend they can't be very good. But Prince
Albert and many of the drug store blends have been around for
more years than you can imagine so that has to tell you something.
So why not give it a try and let Prince Albert out of his can
and into your favorite pipe. Let us know what you think.
& Tobacco News & Info
IPSD - What did
you do? I'm
sorry to report that SHPC Boston did not hold a IPSD club
event this year but we would like to hear from those of you
who did. If you did something special as an individual or
group for IPSD this year and would like to share it with us
and the readers of the SHPC Gazette (all 20 of them), please
send us and email and tell us all about it. We will post your
responses in the next edition of the Gazette. Send your stories to email@example.com
WhiskeyFest - Lukes Liquors, Rockland,
those of you who love to try new single malt scotches and
other whiskey's, you won't want to miss this event. It's held
every year around this time and well worth the $5. This year
they will have 70 blends of Scotch, 12 blends of top shelf
Irish Whiskey and 20 bourbon blends for your sampling pleasure.
The event goes from 1pm - 3pm on Saturday March 3rd.
you love Scotch then you'll enjoy the reviews provided by
the Jeff, Chip and Michael of the Scotchcast. They put out
a new show every month. This month they will reviewing some
peaty scotches, the Isle Of Jura Prophecy and Laphroaig Triple
Wood. Why not download them to your phone or iPod and listen
to them on the way to work. [Check
Hearth & Home Marquee - Cerberus (2 oz tin)
As the first addition to the H&H Marquee series in 2012,
we are thrilled to offer a real Latakia-lover's blend which
we created in honor of International Pipe Smoking Day 2012.
The initial response was so strong, that we worked hard
to obtain the components to make more. Loaded with Cyprian
Latakia and enhanced with Perique, Orientals, Virginia and
Dark-Fired Kentucky, this is a full-flavored, cool-smoking
Chonowitsch T-14 (50g tin)
14: Brown Burley, golden Virginia and mild black Cavendish
with a baked in flavor of herbs and spices give this mild,
subtly sweet blend an unusual woodland aroma.
The Crooked X - Prelude to War A Short Story of Hate, Mystery and Intrigue By
Ernest N. Whitenack
to an excerpt from Chapter 7
"Setting the Trap"
story takes place in 1934 during the depression and leading
up to World War II. Boston Lawyer, Scott Wadsworth, follows
a lead on his missing friend which could lead him into a tangled
web of foreign intrigue, murder and counter-espionage.
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