Details of the April Meeting
occasional change of pace had us meeting at the Sportsman's Club
for the April meeting rather than our regular location. Many of
the usual suspects met up at Perkins for the pre meeting smoke
and dinner at Subway, which seems to be the norm lately. The meeting
at the Sportsman's club was pretty laid back, no one partook in
darts, billiards or shooting this month. But whether we're 5 strong
or 20 strong it's always a good to get together. And Pete has
been supplying us lately with some nice Scotch blends so who can
PAYMENT DUE IN MAY FOR 2012 CLUB
Ok guys, this is it. We gave everyone a
extra month but now it's time to pay up. At least half the cost
of the pipe is due by the May meeting (but we'll glady take the
whole amount). $84 for pipe alone, $125 for pipe with stand. Remember,
if you can't make the meeting you need to send us your check.
The address was sent via email. If all goes well, we will have
the pipes for the July meeting.
More Hoopla about DPE
It seems as though Ernie is not the only one who misses the
old DPE blend from Ehrlich's Tobacco shop in Boston. His recent
review has spurred a few emails from other fans trying to reproduce
this obviously magical blend. Here's some of what's being said:
I am located in Istanbul, close to the source of supply of
meerschaum pipes, but far from Leavitt & Pierce, am old undergraduate
haunt. I do get back to Mass. Ave. once in a while, but to my
chagrin, I have discovered that the new DPE is a very pale shadow
of the old. Perusal of the web has confirmed that there are plenty
of other DPE loyalists who feel the same disappointment.
Is there any interest in recreating the original DPE formula?
Is anyone trying to do so? It deserves to live!
Although I live too far away to attend a meeting (Vermont),
I enjoy looking at your website. Like Mr. Whitenack I’m an
old fan of DPE, in fact I have about a pound of it that I’ve
had squirreled away for years! In terms of recreating it, I’ve
had pretty good luck combining half a pound of Peretti’s BPC
with two ounces of their Virginia flake and about an ounce of latakia,
also from Peretti’s. After letting it sit for a month or two
I think he’ll find it remarkably similar to the old DPE. The
cut is slightly different as only the BPC
is a cube cut, but
the flavor is pretty close. Keep up the good work!
The scandal of Leavitt & Pierce's fake DPE, and the quest
of worthies like Ernie for the real thing have become an international
issue, given that this New Hampshireman is operating out of northern
Istanbul. My last packet of "DPE" from L&P sits unused
on the shelf, along with my small collection of forlorn pipes, waiting
in vain for something like the real thing.
I was very encouraged by your assertion that your Peretti
formula comes close to the taste that we sorely miss. I look forward
to Ernie's evaluation of it. Meanwhile, I hope that you will keep
your cache of the real thing under lock and key. Perhaps it will
be possible to do a chemical analysis of this treasure and find
some means of replicating it. A world without real DPE is a sad
place; shame on L&P for its mendacity!
Anyone else have a thought? Email