We Meet the First Tuesday of the Month in Stoughton, MA.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 7:00 PM
or meet early at C.B. Perkins at 5 PM Cobb's Corner, Canton.

Club Info & Events

Details from the January Meeting
Despite all the snow and sub zero temps, we had a decent turnout of our most loyal members. Better yet, for two months in a row now we've seen new faces at the club. This month's new face is brought to you by Tom. Tom met Kevin on a Rhode Island pipe smoker's forum and invited him to a meeting. Kevin says he plans to return and bring a couple friends with him. We're going to hold you to that Kevin.
Could this be a sign of things to come. Is it possible someone actually read the SHPC Club Card rules and is playing the game or is this just a quirky coincidence? To be honest... as long as we see potential new members walk through that door, who really cares. Keep 'em coming.
Aside from that it was business as usual. However, Neil was under the weather this month and because of that the photos suffered as you can see above. Rick has also been dealing with a health issue and his absence the past couple of months has been felt by all of us. We hope you'll be clicking your heals together very soon Rick.

The 2015 Club Pipe - Take 2.1
We've been working with on our 2015 Club Pipe and although we have made some progress, our contact there has changed. Right now it's looking like a smooth billiard with a burgundy stem but it's not 100% official as of yet. Stay tuned.....

Tobacco Reviews Ernie Whitenack

MATCH Balkan Sobranie Original Mixture

Pipes and cigars recently announced two additions to the Alternate Tobacco line. These are blends developed to “Match” older and discontinued tobacco blends.
(Perhaps by Sutliff)
The two new blends are Balkan Sobranie Original Mixture and Balkan Sobranie 795; the latter being the heavier English blend.

Remembering the few times I had purchased the original back in the 70s, I bought two ounces; even though I had no recollection of the tobacco flavor other than I liked it.

Upon arrival, the tell-tale crunch as I picked up the bag told me it was too dry. The scent was that of the old time English blends with the Orientals coming to the front closely followed by Latakia. Dry or not, I had to try a bowl. Needless to say it burned fast and hot in its dry state masking the flavor. I moved it from the bag to a jar and hydrated it for a couple of days. Three pipes later I find BSOM to be a soft and smooth smoke in the style of earlier English blends I remember. None of the elements dominate the flavor but pop up occasionally during the smoke. The Orientals are especially flavorful and the Virginia supplies a gentle sweetness.

If you try this blend and, have an accurate memory of the original Balkan Sobranie, please let me know how close it is.

Court of St. James by Sutliff
There is no way I can compete with Ernie when it comes to tobacco reviews, I eigher like 'em, love 'em or hate 'em. But when I find something I like I want to let people know about it. I hate to admit it but I don't find a lot of keepers in the Sutliff blends most likely because many of them are aromatics which I am not particularly fond of but every so often they come out with a blend that hits the spot, Court of St. James is one of those blends. A you may have guessed by the name that this is a Virginia Perique blend of the broken flake variety. The aroma in the tin is heavenly and it's got just the right amount of spice. But since my skill at accurately describing the taste of a blend is severely lacking, let's just say it's pret-ty darn good. It is not an overly moist tobacco like some of the Sutliff blends but I still found I enjoyed it more and more as it dried out.
So if you like VaPers I think you should give this one a try, I don't think you'll be disappointed. - Horace Harker

Vintage Pipe Sighting
I was surfing through the channels during one of the snow days and came across The Match Game on the Game Show Channel. I used to watch this with my parents when I was a kid so I thought I'd check it out for a bit. Then what to my surprise did I see... Charles Nelson Reilly pulling out his pipe on national TV and appeared to be smoking it. Boy do I miss the old days. (Click to enlarge)

Piper Profile

Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was an eminent Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. There are three things Bell has in common with our favorite detective. Do you know what they are? Two are fairly obvious but you might need to think a little harder for the third one.
Are you stumped?? First and most obvious, Bell smokes a pipe. Next, Bell's assistant's name was Watson (Thomas A.) and was the first name spoken over the telephone. And finally.... Sir Arthur Conan Doyle got much of his inspiration to write the Sherlock Holmes Stories from his former university teacher Dr. Joseph Bell.
So how many of you got that one? A bit of a stretch maybe, but a connection nonetheless.

Pipes & Tobacco Around the Web

PipesMagazine Radio Show - Recent Episodes
Below are links to the Pipes Magazine Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette.

(Live Tuesday evenings 8 PM )

Country Squire Radio
Below are links to the Country Squire Radio episodes that aired since the last Gazette. See them live on Tuesday Mornings at around 9 AM.
Or find older shows on YouTube.

Video of the Month

Websites Worth A Look

Mr. Homes - Coming Soon
Long-retired and near the end of his life, Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) grapples with an unreliable memory and must rely on his housekeeper's son as he revisits the still-unsolved case that led to his retirement. - IMDB                      [Read more]

The Gentleman's Guide to Smoking a Pipe (without looking like a hipster) - Learning the fine art of the tobacco pipe.

Other Important Links for Smokers:

Tobacco Raffle

This month we have a couple of new blends that you keep you warm on these cold nights (as long as you're by the fire).

Winter's Embrace from Tsuge
I can't think of a more appropriate blend for the winter of 2015 than this new blend by Tsuge. Except for maybe their Summer Daydream. Bright flue-cured tobaccos are expertly blended with mellow Burleys and a soft black Cavendish for a gentle, rewarding experience.

Garnet from Barling
Another new blend by Barling. Garnet is a medium strength, subtly sweet and deliciously complex blend of Syrian Latakia, Burley, Perique, Java, and Virginia tobaccos.

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